President Carter and Deng Xiao Ping
Jimmy Carter and Deng Xiao-Ping - A new era begins as embassies open

January 1, 1979 – An Embassy Opens In Peking – Peking Becomes Beijing – The Rose Parade Celebrates 90 –

President Carter and Deng Xiao Ping

Jimmy Carter and Deng Xiao-Ping – A new era begins as embassies open

January 1, 1979 – CBS World News Roundup + News from KNX-AM Los Angeles – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

January 1, 1979 – A new year, a new era and an institution hits a milestone. The United States established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China, and terminated them with the Republic of China, on January 1, 1979. The American Embassy at Taipei closed February 28, 1979, while the American Liaison Office at Beijing was redesignated the American Embassy on March 1, 1979. The move culminated a series of diplomatic overtures since President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972. Meanwhile, closing the embassy in Taiwan marked the end of an era which began in 1949.

And with the establishment of the Peking Embassy came new spellings and pronunciations of various Chinese institutions and cities. Peking became Beijing and a host of other notable names and places would be revamped to reflect this new and improved relationship with China.

And since today was January 1st it also marked an anniversary of an American institution; The Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena – it turned 90 this year and had no indication of slowing down. Like every ritual, this one had people in the hundreds of thousands, camped out along the main street of the parade; Colorado Boulevard, braving borderline freezing temperatures, to witness the event, while millions more around the country enjoyed the festivities from the comfort of living rooms and sofas.

And since the Rose Parade was strictly a Los Angeles tradition – the news for this day carries an extra added bonus – the goings on for roughly a half hour of life in Southern California, for what is now an event as it took place 40 years ago via KNX Newsradio. All the ballyhoo, crime and new laws adopted by California grace the news for this January 1st.

So not only do you get to hear the big news events of this New Years Day in 1979, you also get to hear all the little events going on in L.A. that helped us stagger out of bed 40 years ago.


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