Corruption

PanAm 103

December 23, 1988 – ‘I Think Something Was Wrong With That Flight’ – PanAm 103 –

A confusing and disturbing day in history, this December 23rd in 1988. With details about PanAm Flight 103, which exploded mid-air over Lockerbie Scotland emerging, more questions than answers were being raised. Claims the U.S. government was warned as early as 16 days before by a terrorist group of a...

December 16, 2001 – Jabberwocky In The Land Of The Unknown Knowns – The Known Knowns – The Unknown Unknowns.

BBC World Service News + From Our Own Correspondent – December 16, 2001 – BBC World Service Seems like another lifetime ago, but on this December 16th in 2001 we were just getting our feet wet in what was to become the mess, the gift that keeps on giving, the...

U.S. troops - Runup to Desert Storm - November 1990

November 30, 1990 – The Security Council Votes On War – Concerns Over A Nuclear Threat – Tough Going Anticipated For The Keating Five.

November 30, 1990 – CBS World News Roundup – KNX-AM, Los Angeles – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – November 30, 1990 – Another step closer to war with Iraq just got the go ahead at the UN Security Council. Invoking Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, offered Iraq one...

HUAC Hearings

November 25, 1947 – HUAC: Cold War And Witch Hunts – America Under Investigation.

As the Cold War grew in intensity, and as the world reacted, news for this November 25th in 1947 was pessimistic and ominous. The Big Four Foreign Ministers Conference wasn’t yielding the results as planned, with Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov balking at overtures from the West over the Austrian and...

NAFTA - Clinton

November 18, 1993 – The Morning After NAFTA – Curbing Blunt Language On Capitol Hill.

As the newscast so aptly put it – a month earlier, everyone on Capitol Hill assumed NAFTA was dead. But on this November 18th in 1993 the White House was celebrated over what many considered to be a landslide victory for President Clinton. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)...

Vote Counting In Florida

November 16, 2000 – Counting By Hand In Florida

November 16, 2000 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – November 16, 2000 – Election 2000 was still raging on. The vote was too close to call. It all boiled down to Florida. And as of this day, the Florida Supreme Court gave the go-ahead to...

1968

November 13, 1968 – Days Of Confusion, Nights Of Backlash – The World Of 1968

1968 was probably the year it came closest to completely falling apart. The sudden violent turn of events that went from assassinations of Martin Luther King to Robert Kennedy. An entire nation (France) going on strike. A political convention mired in turmoil (the Democratic Convention in Chicago). The very vocal...

Election 2000

November 6, 2000 – ‘I Think We’re Gonna Be Here A Long Time On Election Night’ – Election 2000.

20 years ago today it was the eve of Election 2000. Considered too close to call even the day before – polls were calling it even, giving George Bush a 4 point lead, Gore a 4 point lead – everyone put in a margin-of-error at 6 points. Poll workers were...

What about James Watt?

October 16, 1983 – What About Watt – What About Lebanon – What About Continental Airlines?

Further evidence Capitol Hill has always been capable of leaving the nation breathless. This October 16th in 1983 saw the long hoped-for resignation of Interior Secretary James G. Watt. Known famously for acknowledged dunderhead quotes and strange policies, Watt finally announced his resignation. One such acrid bon mot came during...

Detroit – City Of The Future In 1949 – October 7, 1949 – Past Daily Reference Room

As a kid growing up in Detroit in the 1950s, I wasn’t really aware of how much Detroit was different than other cities. It was a place I lived with my family and I had no other frame of reference. I was however, aware that my father, who worked in...