Cold War

juku Cram School - 1986

August 23, 1986 – Spies, Drugs And Juku Cram Schools.

  August 23, 1986 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – August 23, 1986 – 30 years ago today – the big news was the disclosure and only the most perfunctory acknowledgement of a Chinese newspaper report that a U.S. Citizen was convicted in China on...

Dan Quayle

August 22, 1988 – The Quayle Factor

  August 22, 1988 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – August 22, 1988 – ironically also a Monday. News from Poland was looking ominous as some 70,000 workers went on strike. The strike took place at the Gdansk Shipyard, the place the Solidarity Movement began...

Prague - August 21, 1968

August 1968 – Prague: Days Of Bricks, Teargas And Tanks

Prague – August 21, 1968 – NBC Radio Second Sunday: Revolution in Revolt – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – August 21, 1968 – If you were living in Prague on this day, you would no doubt have been stirred out of your sleep by the sound of tanks rumbling down...

Defense in 1957

When a Defense Budget Meant “Money Is No Object” – 1957 – Past Daily Reference Room

Defense Budget 1957 – Do Defense Cuts Endanger Our Security? – The American Forum¬†– August 4, 1957 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Our National Defense in 1957. Here we were, knee-deep in the Cold War, strangled by doomsday scenarios – you couldn’t read so much as a comic book...

Moscow Olympics - Steve Ovett - 1980

July 27, 1980 – The View From Moscow

July 27, 1980 – news from Radio Moscow on this day 36 years ago. The Olympic games, held in the Russian capital, were the big news. Despite a boycott by the U.S., the games went on and Olympic records were set and broken, while America quietly waited until 1984 to...

Korean War - 1951

July 11, 1951 – Truce Talks?

July 11, 1951 – CBS Radio: Edward R. Murrow News with Don Hollenbeck – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Another mixed-signals day, this July 11, 1951. With truce talks going on in Korea, fighting was still going on – with a reported additional 164 American troops killed in action during...

Crisis in Palestine - 1948

July 8, 1948 – Crisis In Palestine

July 8, 1948 – News Of The World – Palestine Crisis and more – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – News for this day in 1948 had much to do with the crisis in Palestine, which had now blown up into full-scale war. UN mediators were scrambling for negotiations to try...

Molotov-Stettinius-Eden

July 7, 1945 – Getting A United Nations Started

On this July 7, 1945, the world was still at war in the Pacific, but the bigger discussion of the Peace was taking place in San Francisco. In 1945, the first major steps at starting a United Nations were undertaken. The hammering out of a United Nations Charter was an...

American Intelligence in 1947

June 28, 1947 – ‘Americans Are Getting A Little Less Intelligent All The Time’

June 28, 1947 – World News Roundup With John Cameron Swayze – NBC Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – News for June 28, 1947 had a lot to do with the labor issue. The pending Taft-Hartley bill was stirring up a hornet’s nest of controversy, with many in the...

June 13, 1979 – Sanctions, SALT and Somoza

June 13, 1979 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – June 13, 1979 – a busy day in the world, a busier one if you were President. On this day President Carter suffered another Foreign Policy setback regarding the situation in Zimbabwe/Rhodesia. The Senate voted to...