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January 12, 1978 – Starting The Political Year Off With A Jimmy Carter Press Conference –

This day in 1978 saw President Jimmy Carter give his first Press Conference of 1978. And by the looks and sounds of it, the political year would have enough drama to go around. Taking center stage was the crisis in Africa between Somalia and Ethiopia, taking place around the Ogaden...

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Revolution In Romania – Toppling A Dictator – December, 1989 -January 1990 – Past Daily Reference Room.

Radio Bucharest – December 24, 1989 – January 1, 1990 – Shortwave Radio Archive Collection – The Romanian Revolution (Romanian: Revoluția Română) was a period of civil unrest in Romania during December 1989 as a part of the Revolutions of 1989 that occurred in several countries. The Romanian Revolution started...

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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...

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January 1, 1961 – Days Of Future Murk – A New Year Look Ahead – Past Daily Reference Room

Most News programs spend the first day of a new year looking back on the events of the previous one. In 1961 however, January 1st was spent looking ahead. It was a year in transition for the White House. President Kennedy was poised to take over, come January 22nd and...

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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...

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December 18, 1981 – Revenge Of The Warsaw Pressure Cooker – The Saga Of Solidarity.

The saga of Solidarity and the mass strikes in Poland continued and escalated, this December 18, 1981. Despite efforts at a crackdown and imposition of martial law, people hit the streets in the thousands to protest heavy-handed tactics of the police and military. Police responded by using rubber clubs and...

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December 15, 1950 – War In Korea – The Eerie Familiarity – An Ominous Glance At World War 3 –

December 15, 1950 – Edward R. Murrow – Hear It Now – CBS Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – December 15, 1950 – It was all about Korea, this December day in 1950. What was initially described as a “police action” was rapidly spiraling out of control and there...

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December 15, 1981 – The Official Press Says Poland Is Calm –

A world of unease, this December 15th in 1981. Starting with news of a purported calm descending over Poland in wake of the latest and growing set of strikes sweeping the country. The State News agency also took steps to cut off all communications between Warsaw and the rest of...

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December 10, 1999 – The Heart Of Bill Bradley – The Innocence Of Wen – The Passing Of Rick Danko.

December 10, 1999 – CBS World News Roundup – Late Edition – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – December 10, 1999 – Many months until election 2000, the race to the White House was already scoring its first potential drop-out. Democratic hopeful Bill Bradley cancelled his upcoming appearances, owing to a...