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March 31, 1990 – The View From Vilnius – Gorbachev And The Break-Away Republics.

News for this last day of March in 1990 had much to do with the rapidly-becoming-former Soviet Union. March 1990 was Lithuania’s turn – a move was underway to break with the Soviet Union and become an independent nation no longer under the influence of Moscow. Despite repeated warnings from...

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March 30, 1948 – Foreign Aid – Fragile Elections – Italy Goes To The Polls.

A busy and “interesting” news day, this March 30th in 1948. Starting with news on the upcoming elections in Italy, which were awash in violence and fears of a Communist sweep. Riots claimed 6 persons in the last two days and it was enough to call together the parties and...

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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 25, 1937 – Sen. Warren Austin – Senate Hearings On Supreme Court Restructuring – Past Daily Reference Room.

Sen. Warren Austin – Senate Committee Hearings on Supreme Court Restructuring – March 25, 1937 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 23, 1937 – Senator Warren Austin (R-Vt.) offers an opinion on President Roosevelt’s plan to expand the Supreme Court from nine to thirteen Judges. The Judicial Procedures Reform...

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March 24, 1994 – In A Heartbeat – Assassination Of A Candidate

News for this day, twenty years ago had much to do with shock and horror surrounding the assassination of Mexican Presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio, gunned down while celebrating an election victory in Tijuana the evening before.  The alleged assassin, 23 year old Mario Aburto Martinez; a mechanic and Pacifist, was...

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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...