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The Finnish Border -- March 1940 0

March 10, 1940 – Report From Stockholm – Observations On The Finnish Front.

March 10, 1940 – Carl Mydans Report from Stockholm – Mutual Broadcasting – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 10, 1940. Life Magazine reporter/photographer Carl Mydans, who had just returned from an assignment in Helsinki to the comparative safety of his listening post in Stockholm reports his observations on this...

Dr. Klaus Fuchs 0

March 4, 1950 – “Brilliant Mind – Nasty Person”: The Klaus Fuchs Affair – The Ever-Present Cult Of Doom.

News for the week ending on March 4, 1950 had a lot to do with the Cold War and the ever-present threatening cloud of catastrophe which seemed to spread over most of the world.  One of the key figures in the development of the Atomic Bomb, David Lilienthal referred to...

Venice West - Southern California 0

Defining What Is Beat – View From The West Coast – 1958 – Past Daily Reference Room/Pop Chronicles

Background For Headlines: The Beat Generation – CBS-West Coast/KNX, Los Angeles – 1958 – USC Digital Library Collection – With the passing earlier this week of Beat Generation icon, publisher and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti, attention has been drawn to that period of our cultural history that has, to a degree,...

Lawrence Ferlinghetti 0

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Reads Ferlinghetti – 1956 – (Lawrence Ferlinghetti – 1919-2021) – Past Daily Reference Room: Tribute Edition

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Reads A Coney Island Of The Mind – December 12, 1956 – SFSU Poetry Center Digital Archives – With the sad, although somewhat inevitable news that Poet, Publisher and Political iconoclast Lawrence Ferlinghetti left the earth plane earlier today at age 101, it struck home that one more...

Elections in Britain - 1950 0

February 23, 1950 – Britain Goes To The Polls – Election Night In London – Coal Strike In America.

Busy day in World affairs and a busy day in domestic ones. While the eyes of the world were focused on Britain this February 23rd in 1950, waiting for election results, the eyes of American were focused on the Coal Strike where ten states were called on to invoke emergency...

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February 17, 1996 – A Collision Of Ideologies – A Collision Of Trains – A $19 Million Settlement

News for this February 17th in 1996 started off with a grim report of a collision between trains had taken place just outside of Washington D.C., killing at least 11 people, most were  trainees for the Job Corps Program heading to Washington D.C. from a training Center in West Virginia....

February 15, 1951 0

February 15, 1951 – 48,000 And Counting – The Situation In Korea

Unfortunately, history doesn’t preserve itself: Become a Patron! February 15, 1951 – Reports from Korea were pessimistic, even with spin attached. As of this day the list of casualties grew by 600, passing the 48,000 mark for both dead and wounded in the Korean War, which was now in its...

Youth - 1970

1970 – Youth Culture, Society And Protest: Myths And Realities – Past Daily Reference Room

June 12, 1970 – Stephen Hess – Commonwealth Club Of California Lecture – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – As the tide of opposition to the ongoing Vietnam War grew larger, and in 1970 more lethal, the issue of Youth Culture; Americas Youth, Youth in protest, youth and drugs, youth and...

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...

January 27, 1942 – A World At War – Intense Sea Battles In The Pacific – First Contingent Of U.S. Troops Arrive In Ireland.

Fighting or talk of war going on seemingly all over the world, this January 27th in 1942. The Pacific was the scene of many fierce sea and air battles as the Battle of the Dutch East Indies claimed over 30 Japanese ships sunk or badly damaged with a loss of...