Middle East

Yitzhak Shamir

October 18, 1991 – Bumps On The Road To Peace

October 8, 1991 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – October 8, 1991 – a day starting out with good intentions, quickly dissolving into doubts. A Middle East Peace Conference proposal, put forth by U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, dragged Jordan, Syria and the Palestinians...

Candidate Reagan -- Campaign '80

October 7, 1980 – Three Weeks Left Til Election Day – Campaign ’80

October 7, 1980 – NPR – All Things Considered – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – With some 3 weeks to go before Campaign ’80 drew to a close, the Presidential candidates were out stumping for votes on this day, in what many were saying was one of the most contentious...

L.A. Earthquake aftershock October 5, 1987

October 5, 1987 – L.A. Shakes And Bakes

October 5, 1987 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – October 5, 1987 – Day 4 and the earth kept shaking around Southern California. In what became known as the Whittier Narrows Earthquake, scores of aftershocks kept nervous Angelenos running for doorways and staying out of...

Tylenol Scare of 1982

October 3, 1982 – A Sunday Ambush – Tainted Tylenol

October 3, 1982 – ABC Radio Hourly News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection- Flare ups in the Middle East and a scare in the Chicago area. A bus carrying Israeli soldiers was ambushed outside of Beirut on this day, killing 6 and wounding 22. Israeli troops were combing the hills...

Pres. Reagan Press Conf.

A Reagan Press Conference – September 28, 1982

President Reagan gives a news conference – September 28, 1982. His first in two months. Questions, as always, centered on the Economy, but also questions regarding the situation in Beirut and U.S. relations with Israel. The topic of the upcoming off-year elections was also high on the agenda: Economic Recovery...

Gold Traders - 1979

September 21, 1979 – All That’s Crazy Is Gold

September 21, 1979 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – September 21, 1979 was another insane day, if you were in the Gold Market. Prices were on a roller coaster ride all week and then slumped in Europe earlier this day, after reaching record highs earlier...

Election 1956

Election 1956 – Shuffling The Cards, Reading The Leaves – Past Daily Reference Room

Election 1956. Late in 1955, when speculation was rife over whether or not President Eisenhower would run for a second term, pundits and commentators fell over themselves predicting a possible outcome – everyone agreed, it would be an Eisenhower victory. But the question was, as of September 9, 1955, would...

Gas Rationing

September 19, 1979 – Gas Rationing Possible – Peace, Less So.

September 19, 1979 -CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – September 19, 1979 – A day which made many people nervous. On Capitol Hill, Congress was finally in a position to act on legislation giving President Carter standby authority to ration gas in the event of a...

U.S. Marines in Beirut

September 13, 1983 – Sandbags For Beirut – Candles For Seoul

September 13, 1983 – A world in conflict. In Beirut, Marines were given authority to call for air support in case artillery attacks from Lebanese rebel groups. Earlier in the day, President Reagan extended the Marines authority to defend themselves by allowing them to call for airstrikes against any units...

Preparing for War - September 1990

September 9, 1990 – The One Day Summit And Seeing Eye To Eye

September 9, 1990 – News for this day was almost entirely about the growing crisis in the Middle East and the preparations being set for what would be an eventuality. A one-day summit in Helsinki between George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev yielded some astonishingly positive results. Astonishing in the sense...