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Castro and The Congo

September 23, 1960 – Rumble On 46th Street – Communists And The Congo – Report From The United Nations

September, 1960 was a milestone year for The United Nations. With Africa going through Independence upheavals, Cuba flexing its newly gained Communist muscle and the Soviet Union tossing around the infamous U-2 Spy Plane incident, it was a pretty dramatic, and worrisome time for the cause of peace – however...

September 16, 1980 – Fly In The Ointment – John Anderson And The Third Party Question – Day 314 For Hostages

Hard to forget this week in September of 1980 was all about the Presidential Election campaign and the upcoming debates between Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and that thorn in both of their sides, John Anderson. Carter refused to participate in any debate that also included Anderson. Spokesman Robert Strauss explained...

September 10, 1949 – “Something Went Snap” – Mass Shooting In New Jersey – Throwing Rocks In Peekskill –

A week where the vagaries of Human Nature went haywire, this September 10th in 1949. Starting with news of a deadly mass shooting in Camden New Jersey. The lone gunman, Howard Unruh, claiming people were saying bad things about his character, went on a shooting rampage, indiscriminately killing some 13...

July 23, 1951 – Death Of Marshal Petain: What To Do With A Disgraced Hero – Cautious Optimism Over Korea Negotiations

With news for this July 23rd in 1951 focused on President Truman‘s upbeat assessment of the country mid-way through 1951 and cautious reports on negotiations in Korea toward an armistice, news regarding the rest of the world brought a faint remembrance of things from the not-too-distant past and a reminder...

July 10, 1970 -“As Long As They’re Giving Away Free TV Sets, I’ll Bank Here”

Become a Patron! Had there not been so much drama, deceit and upheaval associated with the decade of the 70s, it might have been called “The Goofy Decade”, there was no shortage of strange occurrences taking place during that time. On this particular July 10th in 1970, much of the...

June 11, 1963 – Alabama Face-Off – George Wallace, Nicholas Katzenbach And School Desegregation

We could use a bit of love at the moment: Become a Patron! On June 11, 1963, the Civil Rights struggle had gathered steam, but it was still a struggle with bitter and violent opposition every step of the way. On this day in 1963, the infamous showdown between Deputy...

June 10, 1967 – Summer Of Love, But Not In Damascus – Air Raids Continue Over Hanoi – Cardinal Ritter Dies

News for this 10th of June in 1967 had a lot to do with the Middle East. Notably, the Israeli advance on Syria and the approach to Damascus. Cause for much concern in diplomatic circles. The Soviet Union decided it was best to break off ties and the United Nations...

German invasion of The Netherlands

May 15, 1940 – The Netherlands – A Plea For Peace – But An Invasion Continues –

Hate to be a pain, but . . .Become a Patron! With the War in Europe a little less than 8 months old, the German Army were making steady advances westward. The latest country to fall under German occupation was The Netherlands, and on this May 15th in 1940, Queen...

April 21, 1975 – Imminent Implosion In South Vietnam – Thieu Resigns – Saigon Surrounded

Become a Patron! With the collapse of South Vietnam only a matter of time this April in 1975, word came on the 21st of the resignation of South Vietnamese President Nguyen van Thieu, citing anger and bitterness toward the U.S., claiming that it had broken its promise of support in...

April 15, 1950 -Baseball, Cold War, Red Scares And Television – Life On Planet Earth

If we’re helping keep your sanity, kick in a few to help us keep ours: Become a Patron! Your typical week, as far as the Fabulous 50s are concerned. This week, ending on April 15th in 1950, was no different. The Cold War was ratcheting up a few notches with...