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March 13, 1961 – East Berlin, OPEC, Cuba And Other Frying Pans.

If we’re helping relieve the boredom, chip in: Become a Patron! The Cold War climate was getting stirred up, this March 13th in 1961. News that West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt left a meeting with President Kennedy saying there would be no trouble coming from the Soviets in the immediate...

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March 3, 1941 – Signing Your Country’s Life Away – The Bulgaria Treaty.

Become a Patron! News for this day in 1941 was ominous but not unexpected. Bulgaria, reeling under the oppressive weight of the Nazi Government, relented and signed a Tripartite Treaty (i.e. surrender) to Germany, thus bringing one more country under the influence/domination of Berlin. Radio Berlin was reported to have...

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February 19, 1951 – The Situation In Korea: Successful Advances – Attempted Revivals

Not to seem obvious, but . . .:Become a Patron! News on this day in 1951, via Edward R. Murrow and The News, gave upbeat assessments from General Matthew Ridgeway regarding the situation in Korea and U.S. advances along the 38th Parallel. At one point, Chinese troops were engaged, their...

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February 13, 1951: War In Korea – Withdrawals, Maneuvering, Condemnation And Celebrations Of An Alliance.

Become a Patron! Despite General MacArthur‘s spin that “we are continuing a war of maneuver”, a new phrase had entered into the Korean War Slang dictionary; “Buggin’ out”. On this February day in 1951, United Nations forces and the U.S. Army were in the process of retreating on several fronts,...

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February 11, 1987 – The Hostage-For-Prisoner Swap And Death To America All Over Again.

A little support goes a long way: Become a Patron! News for this day in 1987 started with the storm of protest over a U.S. proposal for a hostage-for-prisoner swap that included 8 Americans and one Israeli in exchange for Palestinians being held by Israel. No, the Israeli’s weren’t going...

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February 7, 1964 – The State Department Holds A Press Conference: The Subject Is Gitmo

On a day where crises were popping up seemingly everywhere, the focus on this February 7th in 1964 was the flare-up of bad relations with Cuba and threats by the Castro regime against our military base at Guantanamo. The flap began over the seizing of four Cuban fishing trawlers off...