Cold War

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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...

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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...

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October 22, 1962 – October Mayhem. The Cuban Missile Crisis.

News for this day in 1962 was decidedly ominous, and if you had grown up on a diet of Cold War paranoia, it was the worst case scenario come to life. Ever since the revolution in Cuba in 1959, and the overthrow of the Battista government for the one set...

War in Korea - 1951 0

October 15, 1951 – War In Korea – “We Don’t Have Magic Weapons To Win Wars Quickly”

October 15, 1951 – A busy news day. A war in Korea and from Capitol Hill, a call for discussions and a workable solution with the Russians. The looming specter of the Atomic bomb always at the forefront. Meanwhile, President Truman also urged passage of a Universal Military Training law,...

Waiting for the new Pope 0

October 13, 1958 – Burying A Pope – Reviving A Red Scare

News for this October 13th in 1958 had much to do with the goings-on at The Vatican. The death of Pope Pius XII and the mourning, as well as the first televised coverage of the burial, was big news. On 5 October 1958, at his summer residence Castel Gandolfo, the...

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October 9, 1989 – Manuel Noriega And The Little Coup That Couldn’t

News for this October 9th in 1989 had to do with the growing protest movement in East Germany and the rioting going on in East Berlin. The riots erupted when East German police broke up a demonstration urging reforms from the hardline regime of Erich Honecker. Western Press were barred...

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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...

Tajikistan - September 1991

September 23, 1991 – Bush At The U.N. – Inspecting Iraq – A Fragile Truce In Croatia – Breakaway Tajikistan.

September 23, 1991 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – September 23, 1991 – Upheaval and change were the magic words for this day. President Bush was slated to address the United Nations General Assembly this day – in addition to his expected remarks regarding the...

School - 1955

September 14, 1955 – Proposing A Five-Year High School And Five Year College – Taking The Loyalty Oath Too Far. Prospects For 1956.

NBC Radio – Keys To The Capitol – September 14, 1955 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – If you can, it would be incredible: Become a Patron! In 1955 we were knee-deep in the Red Scare and Communist threat, it influenced just about every aspect of American life – sometimes...

Beirut - 1982 - Magnum Photos

July 27, 1982 – Still Looking For A Solution To The Beirut Crisis – The Talk And Shell Game – Sanctions And Grain Sales

July 27, 1982 – CBS World News Roundup – Newsbreak – 9:00 News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Juy 27, 1982 – News from Beirut this day. U.S. envoy Philip Habib was on his way to Israel to meet with Menachem Begin in an attempt to find a solution...