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King George VI

Attempting To Calm A Nation’s Jitters – King George Address – September 23, 1940 – Past Daily Reference Room

  King George VI – Address to The Commonwealth – September 23, 1940 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – As Europe continued to feel the onslaught of German advances, and France, which fell in June was being rapidly occupied and taken over by German troops, the nightly air raids over...

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...

President Eisenhower - 1953

President Eisenhower – The 100th Anniversary Of The GOP – Sept. 21,1953 – Past Daily Reference Room

President Eisenhower addresses a Fundraiser held in Boston on September 21, 1953. With the current election season heading to the final few weeks, begin reminded that Political Parties in America have changed dramatically over the years; none probably as much as the GOP. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a popular...

Polish RAF Pilots - World War 2

Polish Pilots In The RAF – World War 2 – The 13th Raid – Past Daily Reference Room

The 13th Raid – The Polish RAF pilots during a Night Raid over Germany – 1941 – BBC Transcription Service – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. In recent weeks, with the controversy surrounding Brexit and the simmering issue of Immigration in Britain, I read a news report of a Polish family...

KKK Rally at GOP Convention 1964

“With Friends Like These . . . ” – The KKK Support Of Barry Goldwater – 1964 – Past Daily Reference Rooom

  ABC Radio – Issues and Answers – guest: William Miller – Republican vice-Presidential candidate – Aug. 2, 1964 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. The KKK, a extreme-radical group which pops up from time to time – one which has popped up recently in connection with the candidacy of Donald...

Joseph Stalin

An Address By Joseph Stalin – 1941 – Past Daily Reference Room

Joseph Stalin – Address To The Soviet People – July 3, 1941 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Joseph Stalin, who led the Soviet Union from the 1920s until his death in 1953 was a controversial figure. Praised by those hardliners who believed ruling with an iron fist was the...

Latinas in America - 1950s

Immigration In The 1950s – Latinos In Kansas 1951 – Past Daily Reference Room

CBS Radio: Mexican-Americans – The People Act – circa 1952 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection Given the highly-charged nature of this years election – the question of Immigration and Immigrants in general seems to have taken center-stage – or at least vying for center stage, amidst the flood of other...

FDR - Smoky Mountain National Park - Sept. 2, 1940

FDR Dedicates Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Sept. 2, 1940 – Past Daily Reference Room

Dedication of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this September 2nd in 1940. FDR, as well as Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes and many notables were on hand for the dedication, with the hopes it would serve to benefit the American people for generations to come: President Roosevelt: “There...

Barbara Jordan and Charles Rangel

Congressional Black Caucus Weighs In On Watergate – 1974 – Past Daily Reference Room

Congressional Black Caucus – ABC News Issues and Answers – May 13, 1974 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Watergate and the scandal overtaking the Nixon White House had dominated the news and preoccupied the thoughts of much of America. Ironically 1974, the year Watergate was heading to impeachment, was...

FDR and MacKenzie King - 1943

FDR Addresses Canadian Parliament- August 25, 1943 – Past Daily Reference Room

On this August 25th in 1943, President Roosevelt addressed the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa on the occasion of concluding the Quebec Conference with UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Stalin. The War was making progress and the allies were slowly winning – but it wasn’t without struggle. Here...