Reagan Years

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...

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...

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...

Solidarity Labor Congress in Gdansk

September 5, 1981 – Solidarity Meets In Gdansk

September 5, 1981 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – News from Gdansk today, as the Solidarity labor Movement held its first Congress in Gdansk, while the Soviet Union was staging military maneuvers nearby. It was a bold and defiant move on the parts of the...

August 26, 1986 - lake Nyos in Cameroon

August 26, 1986 – Tale Of The Exploding Lake

August 26, 1986 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – August 26, 30 years ago today – A seismic and Volcanic surprise in the African nation of Cameroon – one of the rare volcanos situation under a lake, erupted and spewed lethal carbon dioxide gas and...

Air Traffic Contollers

August 1, 1981 – Elephants In The Room

August 1, 1981 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – August 1, 1981 – a day of looming disruption and discontent. With conclusion of an all-nighter on Capitol Hill, House and Senate conferees finally agreed on a Tax Bill. Over 17 hours of negotiations, the House/Senate...

Billy Carter

July 29, 1980 – Brother Billy

July 29, 1980 – on the eve of the 1980 Democratic Convention, the recurring trainwreck called Billy Carter, Jimmy’s brother, kept surfacing in the news. Doubtless it was all good news for the Reagan camp, who were making political hay by the ton, but it was still a world of...

Reagan Tax Bill - 1981

The Reagan Tax Cut – July 26, 1981 – Past Daily Reference Room

You can’t really talk about the Reagan Years without talking about the Reagan Tax Cuts. And in July of 1981, President Reagan went before the American people to pitch his plan – a plan that remains controversial to this day and has an equal number of supporter and detractors. In...

Draft Protests 1980

July 21, 1980 – Shades Of The 60s – Protesting The Draft

July 21, 1980 – CBS Radio – The World Tonight – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – July 21, 1980 – but if you closed your eyes and took a deep breath, it could be July 21, 1968. Plans were afoot to reactivate the Draft, with Selective Service offices opening up...