Air Battles – War Of Words – September 24, 1979

 . . . and 1980 was only months away.

. . . and 1980 was only months away.

CBS Radio News – September 24, 1980 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

A day of politics and diplomacy, this September 24th in 1980.

Starting with word that the air war over Lebanon was heating up with Israeli air force F-15 jets were engaging Syrian Migs, and protests from the State Department that this new episode was an escalation in an already tense situation.

Talks in London over the situation in Rhodesia hit a breakthrough. Guerrilla negotiators agreed to accept a British proposal to allow the Whit minority to retain 20 seats in a new Parliament. The deal was accepted reluctantly though – more work had to be done.

Three former members of the Shah of Iran’s regime were executed by firing squad earlier this day, ranging in age from 65 to 81 and they, like others, were charged with “warring against God and being corrupt on Earth”.

President Carter attended the swearing in of his two new cabinet officers on this day. Moon Landrieu as HUD Secretary and Neil Goldschmidt as Transportation Secretary.

In Defection news – two more Olympic stars defected to the West from the Soviet Union this day. Oleg Protopopov and Lyudmia Belousova asked for asylum in Switzerland.

And election ’80 was already heating up with an essay by Walter Cronkite on the continuing trials and tribulations of President Carter and how this was going to impact the Presidential election, just around the corner.

All that, and a lot more from CBS Radio News – along with Harry Reasoner and Walter Cronkite reports for September 24, 1979.

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