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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...

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December 21, 1945 – The Former Dutch East Indies Erupts In Anti-Colonial Violence.

December 21, 1945 – Don Bell report from Manila -Mutual Broadcasting – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – December 21, 1945. The Independence movement in the Dutch East Indies was quickly gaining momentum and resistance to it was gaining intensity. The Indonesian National Revolution, or Indonesian War of Independence, was an...

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December 21, 1939 – Christmas In Wartime – Festive In Short Supply – The Last Of Merry For The Duration.

Despite news earlier in the week of the sinking of the German Battleship Admiral Graf Spee, Germany was celebrating Christmas, this week in 1939, with a shipment of some 1 million Christmas trees into Berlin. War news, it seemed, wasn’t going to deter anybody from celebrating. The trees were plentiful...

Hollywood Goes to the War Front 0

George Fisher’s Let’s Go Hollywood – Christmas With The Troops In 1952 – Past Daily Holiday Gallimaufry

What began during World War 2 as a holiday ritual, continued on for decades as members of the Hollywood contingent boarded planes and headed off to Army camps to spend Christmas with the troops. In 1952 it was Korea. And for 17 days, from Christmas to New Years, the USO...

Indo-Pakistan War - 1971 0

December 18, 1971 – The Perilous Road To Independence – Bangladesh And The Indo-Pakistan War Of 1971 – Past Daily Reference Room

December 18, 1971 – Address by Professor Hiren Mukherjee – All-India Radio Overseas Service – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – The Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 was a military confrontation between India’s Mitro bahini forces and Pakistan that occurred during the liberation war in East Pakistan from 3 December 1971 to...

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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 18, 1939 – Losing A Battleship But Gaining Christmas Trees – Sinking The Graf Spee.

News for this day in 1939 had to do with the sudden scuttling and sinking of the German Battleship Graf Spee, after an intense sea battle off the Uruguayan coast. The battleship, discovered and chased by British Naval forces, sustained considerable damage and was granted safe harbor by Uruguay, who...

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December 17, 1999 – Unfolding A Plot – Threats Of Carnage: Real And Disgruntled.

News on this December 17th in 1999 that, on the surface like another in a series of promised mayhem for the turn of the Century coming up. But we didn’t know at the time just how sinister this thing was going to go. The latest was the arrest of Ahmed...