Cold War

March 19, 1948 – A Cold War Tinderbox – Roman Spring – The Marshall Plan

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Terrorist bombings in Jerusalem - 1948

March 15, 1948 – United Nations – The View From Lake Success – Past Daily Reference Room.

It helps, it really does: Become a Patron! Considering the United Nations was coming up on three years since its inception, it had been hitting the ground running ever since it first met in April of 1945. Confronted with a massive number of upheavals, disputes and growing pains, the UN...

Communist Party Of France

March 17, 1947 – Tight Lips And Empty Pockets – East-West Diplomacy – A Call To End Occupation

Supporting a little history never hurt anybody: Become a Patron! News for this St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) in 1947 had just about everything to do with the state of the World after War. The grumblings of East-West tensions and speculations over a rumored private meeting between Secretary of State...

U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge with General Khan

February 20, 1965 – Vietnam: Attempted Overthrow – Days Of Intrigue.

We gotta ask: Become a Patron! One of those days full of intrigues from Southeast Asia. In this case, an attempted coup on the part of troops loyal to former Premier Diem (who was assassinated and overthrown with a little CIA help), against troops loyal to Military strongman and Vietnamese...

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...

Korea - February 1951

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,...

Robert Polhill - Hostage

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...

The community builds a house - 1952

Neighbors Build A Farm – 1952 – Milk Of Human Kindness Edition – Past Daily Reference Room

A little goes a very long way: Become a Patron! Starting sometime after World War 2 and with the advent of recording tape, the idea of radio documentaries took off in popularity. Prior to this it was a gargantuan effort, dragging disc recording equipment off to a location and getting...

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...

Moscow - Lenin Poster -

February 3, 1990 – Moscow: The Power Shift – Bulgaria: Big Changes – South Africa: The Big Deep Breath.

We could really use some support, if you haven’t already: Become a Patron! February 3, 1990 – Eyes on Moscow as a controversial call for major political change in the Soviet Union was taking shape. An anticipation of sparks flying at the Central Committee during the coming week as the...