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January 7, 1957 – Cold War: Wages Of Fear – Dividends Of Discontent – The World According To January.

Change the names and the circumstances and this could just as easily be almost any recent year as it was this day in 1957. The Middle East; the perennial powder-keg, the threatened flashpoint where the world would be plunged into chaos. The divider between East and West. On this day...

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January 1, 1956 – Looking Ahead At A New Year – Is America Changing? Has It Changed? – Past Daily Reference Room.

1956 seems so deep in the distant past that to many, any discussion of it would be purely in the abstract. But 1956 was a pivotal year on many levels, and what went on during that year had repercussions for decades to come. 1956 was an election year; Eisenhower was...

Crisis: 1958 VP Nixon In South America 0

December 29, 1958 – Years Of Crisis – 1958 – Recapping A Year In The Life.

Since we’re rapidly (and thankfully) approaching the end of 2020, the somewhat pained looks back at the year start now. But rather than mull over 2020 here (since everyone else will do a better job anyway), today we’re going to start with the goings-on that shaped 1958. Oddly, a  year...

November 23, 1970 – A Search Continues, A War Goes On, The View From Folsom – Nixon Overrides A Veto –

A day a lot happened. This November 23rd in 1970 heard reports of an unsuccessful attempt to free American prisoners in a North Vietnamese detention camp. The raid itself was successful, but the purported prison camp had been evacuated several weeks earlier. The Defense Department Press conference left more questions...

NAFTA - Clinton

November 18, 1993 – The Morning After NAFTA – Curbing Blunt Language On Capitol Hill.

As the newscast so aptly put it – a month earlier, everyone on Capitol Hill assumed NAFTA was dead. But on this November 18th in 1993 the White House was celebrated over what many considered to be a landslide victory for President Clinton. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)...

1968

November 13, 1968 – Days Of Confusion, Nights Of Backlash – The World Of 1968

1968 was probably the year it came closest to completely falling apart. The sudden violent turn of events that went from assassinations of Martin Luther King to Robert Kennedy. An entire nation (France) going on strike. A political convention mired in turmoil (the Democratic Convention in Chicago). The very vocal...

Election 1960

November 8-9, 1960 – Election Night 1960 – America Votes And Waits

Election Night 1960 – CBS News – November 8-9, 1960 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection November 8 and 9, 1960 – America votes – America waits – America bites its collective nails. Lest you all think the election of 2020 will be over within minutes of the polls closing, and...

Election Night 1964

November 3, 1964 – America Votes – Election Night In America

56 years ago today, the 1964 Presidential elections took place, and the political landscape took a definite and permanent turn. Republican nominee Barry Goldwater represented a decidedly hard turn to the right, anticipated during the 1962 mid-term elections. Goldwater represented the backlash to the Civil Rights movement and to the...

October 27, 1963 – Shapes Of Things: The View From Bonn – The Streets Of Saigon – A Scene In Dallas.

October 27th signaled the end of an ominous week in 1963. Vietnam was frequently taking center stage, more so this week than most others so far. The government of Ngo Dinh Diem was cracking down on protests, which had taken a sudden and horrific turn in the form of self-immolation...

Living On The Edge: 1956 – Past Daily Reference Room

By 1956 it would be pretty safe to say America was headed well into nervous breakdown territory. Everything was on the rise – divorce, alcohol abuse, prescription medications, fear, paranoia and irrevocable change. And it wasn’t being coped with, other than via escape. And those issues were many. We had...