Communists

Missiles in March 0

March 19, 1985 – World Full Of Missiles – Pockets Full Of Empty –

March 19th 1985 was about nuclear weapons, MX Missiles, Geneva Arms talks. East-West relations, saber-rattling and words. On this day the first of two Senate votes was scheduled to take place over the budget President Reagan requested in order to build 21 more MX Missiles. The vote was deemed so...

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March 18, 1949 – Dean Acheson And The North Atlantic Pact – NATO

This day in 1949 had much to with the ongoing squabble between the the West and the Soviet Union. As the Cold War continued and grew with intensity, The U.S. and its European counterparts adopted the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. On March 18, 1949, Secretary of State Dean Acheson went...

Congressional Hearings 0

March 11, 1950 – The Never-Ending Show; Congressional Investigation – Riots In Berlin – War Games And Diplomacy

With the Cold War in full-bloom, the war of nerves and the hysteria was reaching fever-pitch. From Capitol Hill came a contentious set of Congressional hearings over purported Communist influence in the State Department. In the witness chair was Senator Joseph McCarthy and the war of words raged for hours,...

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...

Jan Masaryk 0

March 10, 1948 – The Death Of Masaryk – Britain’s Economic Downturn – Butter Vs. Margarine.

News for this March 10th in 1948 had much to do with a flood of reports from Prague saying that non-Communist Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk had been found dead from an apparent suicide hours earlier. But even while reports were coming in, speculation was rife that it was no suicide,...

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...

The GOP - Primaries 1996 0

February 26, 1996 – Pat Buchanan And The GOP Hissy-Fit – Primary Season In America.

It was Primary season, this February in 1996. And the news for this February 26th was the campaign of Senator Bob Dole was in big trouble, financially. And with the upcoming Arizona Primary slated for the following day (February 26th in 1996 fell on a Monday, so . . .),...

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...

Riot at The UN - February 2, 1961 0

February 22, 1961 – Adlai Stevenson At The UN – Situation In The Congo – Riot In The Gallery.

  February 22, 1961 – UN Security Council – Adlai Stevenson address and riot – NBC Special Program – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – February 22, 1961 – In what was his first major address as UN Ambassador, Adlai Stevenson was witness to a violent outbreak in the gallery just...

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February 22, 1969 – In Dread Of A Nixon Visit – End Of The Tet Holiday – “George Was A Snappy Dancer”.

News on this Washington’s Birthday in 1969 had much to do with the anticipated European visit of newly inaugurated  President Nixon. It also had something to do with a just-published biography of George Washington by author-historian Mary Higgins Clark, and revelations over what were previously conceived notions as to who...