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NBC Monitor – News – June 18, 1955 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Murky and confusing news from Buenos Aires Argentina, with Dictator Juan Peron quashing a coup. Exactly why the sudden violence erupted was baffling, particularly to those in the State Department. There was rumor it had something to do with the Church and something to do with the military. But beyond that, it wasn’t clear what was going on. On this June 18th in 1955, everyone was taking a wait-and-see approach.
Meanwhile, Red China announced it was releasing five American Korean War veterans who decided to jump to the other side during the war, but changed their minds. It was a safe bet the returning soldiers were to be tried when they got home, but they were going to issued passports to return home.
Delegates were arriving in San Francisco to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the founding of The United Nations. Soviet Ambassador Molotov was scheduled to arrive later on this day.
Fingers were crossed for a quick end to the East and Gulf Coast Maritime shipping strikes as a tentative agreement had been reached by news time.
Three U.S. Military attachès were kicked out of Moscow and sent packing on suspicion of spying. Neither the Soviets or Washington would elaborate any further out of concern the incident could cloud the upcoming Big-Four meetings.
Word from the Health Department urged inoculations for Polio be continued throughout the Summer months, saying the advantages far outweighed the risks.
All that, and much-much more for this June 18th in 1955 – aside from the news it was the first day of broadcasting by a new service from NBC – a weekend-long service called Monitor, which would become a mainstay in radio broadcasting for the next 15+ years.