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March 30, 1981 – The Day All Hell Broke Loose -The Attempted Assassination Of President Reagan

March 30, 1981 – Starting off normal, unremarkable in so many ways – but by mid-morning East Coast time, pandemonium had broken out. President Reagan, on his way out of the Washington Hilton, where he had just finished delivering an address to a group of trade unionists at the AFofL/CIO...

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March 26, 1961 – Soapy Goes To Africa – Fact-Finding In A Region Roiling In Conflict.

The ongoing turmoil/growing pains/strife that marked the Africa Independence Movement in the 1960s continues, to a degree, to this day. But in 1964 it was all pretty fresh. There was The Congo, formerly Belgian Congo, which was undergoing a dramatic upheaval since achieving independence from Belgium in 1961. The entire...

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March 23, 1999 – Frustration From Kosovo – A Firing Squad In Cuba – OPEC Cuts Production

March 23, 1999 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 23, 1999 – News from Kosovo and the word was Frustration. U.S. envoy Richard Holbrook failed in last-ditch diplomacy efforts to stave off NATO’s first-ever airstrikes over Kosovo. Emerging from a two-hour session with Serbian...

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March 22, 1964 – Trench Life During The War On Poverty – Sargent Shriver

This day in 1964 (a Sunday), Meet The Press had Sargent Shriver on as guest. As former head of The Peace Corps, he was tagged by President Johnson to head up the newly declared War On Poverty. The War On Poverty, as LBJ unofficially termed it, was first introduced in...

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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 15, 1980 – Reaction To Carter Belt-Tightening – Dole Decides Not To Run – Allard Lowenstein: Death Of An Activist.

March 15, 1980 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 15, 1980 – A day for reactions – reaction to President Carter’s economic message from the previous night. Along party lines the sentiment was reluctant support and adamant hand-wringing – the analogy of the superb...

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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,...

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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,...

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March 5, 1997 – Another Day Underwater – The Ohio River Floods Of 1997 – Legislating Bad Behavior.

Characterized as the worst flooding since the infamous Ohio River Valley floods of 1937, the Ohio River Valley Floods of 1997 were causing no end of havoc to countless towns and villages, submerged in water for yet another day. National Guard troops had been called out to aid in the...

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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...