Day in history

Beirut - October 1978

October 19, 1978 – The Situation In Namibia – The Situation In South Lebanon – An Israeli-Egyptian Peace Taking Longer Than Expected.

October 19, 1978 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – October 19, 1978 – A day where conflicts and peace moves seemed to pop up everywhere. From Namibia came word that South African President P.W. Botha all but reverse South Africa’s position on the conflict going...

German troops in Kiev

October 19, 1941 – All Eyes On Moscow

News for this October 19th in 1941 was about the Eastern Front. The German drive to Moscow before the first snows of Winter. The big push was in the area of the Caucasus; the huge Oil fields of Baku which, if captured would mean the German Army would cut off...

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...

War in Korea - 1951

October 15, 1951 – War In Korea – “We Don’t Have Magic Weapons To Win Wars Quickly”

October 15, 1951 – A busy news day. A war in Korea and from Capitol Hill, a call for discussions and a workable solution with the Russians. The looming specter of the Atomic bomb always at the forefront. Meanwhile, President Truman also urged passage of a Universal Military Training law,...

Crisis over Jerusalem

October 14, 1990 – Operation Desert Shield – Complicating A Crisis – Consummate Evil Run Amok –

October 14, 1990 – ABC News On The Hour + World News This Week – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – October 14, 1990 – very busy week, much having to do with crisis management. As troop strength continued to build along the Saudi-Kuwait border, with more assistance coming in from...

FDR - Address in Chicago

October 14, 1936 – FDR -‘A Regimentation Of Other People’s Money – A Regimentation Of Other People’s Lives’

With the Presidential Campaign of 1936 in its last weeks and at fevered pitch, President Roosevelt embarked on a coast-to-coast tour to bring his message home. In 1936, America was in better shape than it was in 1932. But detractors clamored to call the New Deal a disaster, that The...

Waiting for the new Pope

October 13, 1958 – Burying A Pope – Reviving A Red Scare

News for this October 13th in 1958 had much to do with the goings-on at The Vatican. The death of Pope Pius XII and the mourning, as well as the first televised coverage of the burial, was big news. On 5 October 1958, at his summer residence Castel Gandolfo, the...

London - October 1939

October 13, 1939 – Europe Bracing For War And An Unknown Tomorrow – Clouds Over Finland – Appeals To Stalin.

October 13, 1939 – Today In Europe – CBS Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – October 13th landed on a Friday in 1939. The war in Europe was slowly unfolding. On this day there was no military activity, some naval activity but much diplomatic activity, particularly with reference to...

China after Mao

October 12, 1976 – After Mao: China And The Fog Of Uncertainty

On this October 12th in 1976 there was a aura of uncertainty in the direction of China. Longtime leader Mao Tse-Tung had died in September and rumors of a coup were spreading, along with other rumors the instigators, which included Mao’s widow Jian Quing had been rounded up and arrested....