Foreign Policy

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January 8, 1973 – Nixon – The Next Four Years –

On this January 8th in 1973, we were contemplating what the next four years of a Nixon Administration was going to be like. Having won his second term, Richard Nixon was expected to continue what he set out to do in 1969. This discussion from CBS News, featured Walter Cronkite,...

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January 7, 1957 – Cold War: Wages Of Fear – Dividends Of Discontent – The World According To January.

Change the names and the circumstances and this could just as easily be almost any recent year as it was this day in 1957. The Middle East; the perennial powder-keg, the threatened flashpoint where the world would be plunged into chaos. The divider between East and West. On this day...

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January 1, 1956 – Looking Ahead At A New Year – Is America Changing? Has It Changed? – Past Daily Reference Room.

1956 seems so deep in the distant past that to many, any discussion of it would be purely in the abstract. But 1956 was a pivotal year on many levels, and what went on during that year had repercussions for decades to come. 1956 was an election year; Eisenhower was...

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January 5, 1989 – The Skies Over Libya – Protests At The Security Council – The Failing Health Of An Emperor.

January 5, 1989 – News of Libyan protests and emergency sessions at the UN Security council this day. The protests were over the shooting down of two Libya MiG-23’s by two U.S. airforce F-14 tomcats over the Mediterranean in what was disputed airspace. Libya claimed it was within territorial waters,...

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December 29, 1958 – Years Of Crisis – 1958 – Recapping A Year In The Life.

Since we’re rapidly (and thankfully) approaching the end of 2020, the somewhat pained looks back at the year start now. But rather than mull over 2020 here (since everyone else will do a better job anyway), today we’re going to start with the goings-on that shaped 1958. Oddly, a  year...

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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 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...