December 23, 1974 – NBC Nightly News (Audio) – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
December 23, 1974 – Spying, Bombings and Desegregation, along with inflation and the value of gold. A busy news day. Starting with allegations the CIA broke the law by spying on Americans, according to an article in the New York Times. The news prompted a demand for an investigation and report ordered by the White House within the coming days to determine if the allegations were true. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was heading up the investigation. The allegations were said to have taken place during the Nixon Administration and the repercussions of the disclosure reverberated all through the Central Intelligence Agency. More to be revealed.
A series of terrorist bombings in London prompted a wave of arrests of suspects tied to the Irish Republican Army. The violence in Northern Ireland was making itself felt in London where terrorists bombings have gone off in six places over the previous week. One going off in front of the home of former Prime Minister Edward Heath, causing extensive damage to the house. Heath was not at home and no one was hurt. Another bomb, going off in front of Harrod’s causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, but again no casualties.
The Boston School Committee voted unanimously appeal a school desegregation ruling to the Supreme Court. The week before a lower court ordered the city of Boston to extend school busing throughout the city.
And Pope Paul VI, in his Christmas message expressed anguish and said the world was floundering on the abyss, mentioning Vietnam, the Middle East and Northern Ireland.
And that’s just a little of what happened, this December 23, 1974 as reported by NBC Nightly News.
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