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February 18, 1987 – Dissidents, Shakeups And Smokers

No end to drama, this February 18th in 1987. Street fighting in Beirut, brokered truces falling apart, fighting over a strategically placed office building in Beirut, which just happened to be right across the street from the building housing the CBS News Beirut Bureau.  Several times, in the course of...

February 12, 1964 – Big Trouble In Little Cyprus

Contrary to popular belief that the world changed in 1964, based on the happenings on The Ed Sullivan Show a few days earlier, it was the business-as-usual for the rest of the planet. Civil War was erupting on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus between Greeks and Turks who lived there,...

Pakistan Elections - Nawaz Sharif

February 4, 1997 – Pakistan Goes To The Polls – Rebels Gain Ground In Zaire – Fujimori Makes Inquiries.

February 4, 1997 – BBC World Service – Newsdesk – February 4, 1997 – Elections in Pakistan – Civil War in Zaire – Civil War in Colombia – Hostage drama in Lima – violent crackdowns on protestors in Belgrade bringing widespread condemnation – assassination of a Roman Catholic Bishop on...

February 4, 1980 – ABSCAM: New Word In The Dictionary.

On this February 4th in 1980, a new Acronym entered our Dictionary –ABSCAM, which stood for Abdul Enterprises Scam or Arab Scam implicated at least 8 Senators and Congressmen over accepting bribes in exchange for favors. Denials and hand-wringing went into swift action, but questions arose when it was learned...

February 1, 1946 - Picket lines outside Steel Mill

February 1, 1946 – Peace, Strikes And Cross-Country Flights

February 1, 1946 – starting a new month with the same old problems: Strikes, strife and accusations – as well as a glimpse of air-travel in the not-too-distant future. Starting with news from Washington that President Truman was vowing to end the Steel Strike before it got too far out...

January 2, 1994 – Pundits Working Overtime – The Smiley Faces Of 1993

Try as they might to gloss over the jaundiced underpinnings, the pundits of mainstream media were busily painting smiley-faces on the end of 1993 and the start of 1994, this January 2nd. Weather was the big news, as always, for the end of one year and the beginning of another....

Crisis: 1958 VP Nixon In South America

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...

Strikes - 1947

December 9, 1947 – Strikes, Discontent, Unrest And The Litigious Nature Of Rain –

Not very much means a whole lot: Become a Patron! December 9th in 1947 – Post-War discontent, Cold War jitters and the slow, painful process of getting a war torn Europe back on its feet. Canadian Prime Minister MacKenzie King addressed the Canadian House of Commons, saying the European situation...

Violence in Jerusalem

December 1, 1947 – “The Situation Is Extremely Explosive In Jerusalem” – The French Government Takes Action Against Communist Strikers – Waiting For The Gendarmerie.

December 1, 1947 – NBC News Of The World – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Support us if you can: Become a Patron! December 1, 1947 – The Middle East was the focus of attention this day. The situation in Jerusalem had gone from tense to explosive overnight and was...

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...