1940’s

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March 30, 1948 – Foreign Aid – Fragile Elections – Italy Goes To The Polls.

A busy and “interesting” news day, this March 30th in 1948. Starting with news on the upcoming elections in Italy, which were awash in violence and fears of a Communist sweep. Riots claimed 6 persons in the last two days and it was enough to call together the parties and...

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Howard Hanson And The Eastman-Rochester Symphony Play Music Of Porter, Rogers And Copland – 1945 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Another dose of Americana tonight, by way of the venerable Eastman-Rochester Symphony, conducted by none other than Howard Hanson. A recreation of a portion of the first concert given spotlighting new American composers which the Eastman-Rochester Symphony took part in on May 19, 1925. Howard Hanson was an American composer,...

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March 26, 1942 – Radio Tokyo News – Marching Through Rangoon – Ceremonies In Nanking – Mass Evacuation Of Japanese From California.

Radio Tokyo – news in English – March 26, 1942 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 26, 1942 – With reports of Japanese troops setting up shop in Rangoon, ceremonies in Nanking, the full occupation of Malaya and Java and the continued Japanese successes throughout Asia, you could get...

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New London String Ensemble Play Music Of Peter Warlock – 1945 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Peter Warlock: Serenade for Strings – New London String Ensemble – BBC Session – February 14, 1945 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – The music of Peter Warlock is seldom played these days, but probably more so than it was during his lifetime. Only two of his works were recorded...

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March 18, 1949 – Dean Acheson And The North Atlantic Pact – NATO

This day in 1949 had much to with the ongoing squabble between the the West and the Soviet Union. As the Cold War continued and grew with intensity, The U.S. and its European counterparts adopted the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. On March 18, 1949, Secretary of State Dean Acheson went...

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March 10, 1940 – Report From Stockholm – Observations On The Finnish Front.

March 10, 1940 – Carl Mydans Report from Stockholm – Mutual Broadcasting – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 10, 1940. Life Magazine reporter/photographer Carl Mydans, who had just returned from an assignment in Helsinki to the comparative safety of his listening post in Stockholm reports his observations on this...

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March 10, 1948 – The Death Of Masaryk – Britain’s Economic Downturn – Butter Vs. Margarine.

News for this March 10th in 1948 had much to do with a flood of reports from Prague saying that non-Communist Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk had been found dead from an apparent suicide hours earlier. But even while reports were coming in, speculation was rife that it was no suicide,...