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Dubrovnik Tragedy 0

April 6, 1996 – Tragedy At Dubrovnik – Death Of Ron Brown – The Freemen Standoff

A somber weekend – the bodies of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 32 associates were flown back to Washington from Dubrovnik Croatia where Brown’s plane crashed, killing all on board. President Clinton was particularly saddened by the deaths, calling Ron Brown his great and good friend. Brown and the others...

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April 2, 1980 – Carter; Sweep – Anderson; Nil – Primary Season In Full Swing.

Since April 2, 1980 was right in the middle of Presidential Primary season, most of the news for this day had to do with the recently completed Wisconsin and Kansas Primaries and the telling results. Carter won handily, putting Ted Kennedy in a distant 2nd place. California Governor Jerry Brown...

Vietnam - The panic was on. 0

April 1, 1975 – ‘The Military Has Lost Control Of The City’ – The Situation In South Vietnam

In what was previously described as a strategic withdrawal of South Vietnamese forces from key provinces, became a rout as South Vietnamese soldiers abandoned weapons and equipment and fled in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops, heading to Saigon. As word spread, panic set in as the Saigon government attempted...

Gorbachev 0

March 31, 1990 – The View From Vilnius – Gorbachev And The Break-Away Republics.

News for this last day of March in 1990 had much to do with the rapidly-becoming-former Soviet Union. March 1990 was Lithuania’s turn – a move was underway to break with the Soviet Union and become an independent nation no longer under the influence of Moscow. Despite repeated warnings from...

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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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March 30, 1981 – The Day All Hell Broke Loose -The Attempted Assassination Of President Reagan

March 30, 1981 – Starting off normal, unremarkable in so many ways – but by mid-morning East Coast time, pandemonium had broken out. President Reagan, on his way out of the Washington Hilton, where he had just finished delivering an address to a group of trade unionists at the AFofL/CIO...

Africa in 1964 2

March 26, 1961 – Soapy Goes To Africa – Fact-Finding In A Region Roiling In Conflict.

The ongoing turmoil/growing pains/strife that marked the Africa Independence Movement in the 1960s continues, to a degree, to this day. But in 1964 it was all pretty fresh. There was The Congo, formerly Belgian Congo, which was undergoing a dramatic upheaval since achieving independence from Belgium in 1961. The entire...

Sen. Warren Austin (R-Vt.) 0

March 25, 1937 – Sen. Warren Austin – Senate Hearings On Supreme Court Restructuring – Past Daily Reference Room.

Sen. Warren Austin – Senate Committee Hearings on Supreme Court Restructuring – March 25, 1937 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 23, 1937 – Senator Warren Austin (R-Vt.) offers an opinion on President Roosevelt’s plan to expand the Supreme Court from nine to thirteen Judges. The Judicial Procedures Reform...

Kosov refugees - photo: Eddie Mulholland 1

March 23, 1999 – Frustration From Kosovo – A Firing Squad In Cuba – OPEC Cuts Production

March 23, 1999 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 23, 1999 – News from Kosovo and the word was Frustration. U.S. envoy Richard Holbrook failed in last-ditch diplomacy efforts to stave off NATO’s first-ever airstrikes over Kosovo. Emerging from a two-hour session with Serbian...