January 13, 1974 – NBC Sunday News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
January 13, 1974 – breakthroughs on the diplomatic front. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger reported a breakthrough happened during this latest round of shuttle diplomacy, looking for some solution in the Middle East and some movement on the Peace process. Kissinger met with Israeli officials for some 10 hours before arriving at a boiler-plate proposal for a peace settlement with Egypt. After dinners, drinks and cautious sighs of relief, Kissinger was off to Cairo to present the proposal to Egypt’s Anwar Sadat, who was certain to add points, subtract points and suggest changes.
It was the latest in what would become an almost trademark procedure for the Kissinger era – Shuttle diplomacy, though exhausting, seemed to yield results. After meeting Sadat, the plan was to return to Tel-Aviv with Sadat’s version of the proposal for Israel’s acceptance or rejection.
In other news; President Nixon ended an 18 day stay in California, returning to the White House. Nixon landed at Edwards Airforce Base at 3 in the morning. Nixon traveled in a Jet-Star corporate Jet, as opposed to Airforce One. When the entourage landed they took cars instead of helicopters to arrive back at the White House. He returned to Washington facing some monumental problems; news stories about the existence of a military spy ring in the White House during his first term. The continuing Energy Crisis. Continuing Inflation and warnings of a recession. America’s role in the risky-stakes process of Middle East Peace Talks. And of course, the impeachment investigation. A lot on Nixon’s plate. Nixon was planning on focusing on Energy, the economy and the Middle East and pretending not to notice the Impeachment hearings, which he publicly passed off as politically motivated. Observers agreed 1974 was going to be a rough year for Nixon, but also agreed he would survive.
And the massive new Dallas-Ft.Worth airport opened this day. Initial reports came in saying it was a mess. The massive airport, roughly the size of Manhattan promised to be an ordeal for the average passenger and it didn’t disappoint. Missed flights, lost or destroyed baggage, eliminated flights owing to the fuel shortage and passengers who simply got lost trying to figure out how to get from one end of this nightmare to the other,.
And that’s a little of what went on, this January 13, 1974 as reported by NBC Nightly News.
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