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Alben Barkley - 1940 Democratic Convetntion

July 17, 1940 – Alben Barkley Delivers A Message From FDR – 1940 Democratic Convention – Past Daily Reference Room

July 17, 1940 – Your typical sweltering July in Chicago, site of the 1940 Democratic Convention. Up until this day, a pretty cut-and-dried affair. By the convention Farley and Vice President John Nance Garner were declared candidates, and Paul McNutt was a possibility. Roosevelt still did not want to declare...

Dr. Peter Bourne and Jimmy Carter - White House

July 21, 1978 – The White House Has A Little Dope Problem – No Strike, For Now – The Bouncing Economy.

July 21, 1978 – Good news and odd news for this day. The good news was a tentative agreement had been struck between Union reps for the Postal Service and management, thus avoiding a strike, at least for now. More good news – the economy was looking up, at least...

Postal Strike - 1978 (photo: Washington Spark)

July 20, 1978 – Another Looming Postal Strike – Labor Troubles Nationwide – A Sea Of Picket Signs.

July 20, 1978 – Another Postal Strike was looming in the horizon. In a period of double-digit inflation, the Carter administration sought to hold wage increases to 5.5 percent per year while the postal unions were seeking a 14 percent increase in the first year of an agreement. With contract...

Israeli Raids over Beirut - 1981

July 17, 1981 – Orange Skies Over Beirut – Taking Sides – Kremlin Anxiety Over Poland

July 17, 1981 – Word from Beirut this day – Israeli air raids over Beirut and targets throughout Lebanon as the situation continued to spiral out of control. The latest raid on Palestinian bases targeted PLO Headquarters as well as two eight story buildings claimed by the Israelis to house...

Mike and Kitty Dukakis - convention 1988

July 16, 1988 – An Upcoming Convention: Mending Fences, Smoothing Edges – The View From Managua – A Trip To Seoul

July 16, 1988 – Two days before the 1988 Democratic Convention in Atlanta, where Michael Dukakis was expected to get the official nod in the Presidential race. Along with running-mate Lloyd Bentsen, hopes were high the Democrats would take the White House in November. But with every convention, the pre-convention...

Pointing fingers

“Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been . . .” – Guilt By Association – 1949 – Past Daily Reference Room

Fingers of suspicion, guilt by association – all elements of the era known as The Red Scare. The fear of subversion, the fear that America was going to be turned into a Communist regime, just like what was happening all over Eastern Europe. That our country would be undermined by...

Nixon - Pneumonia

July 15, 1973 – Nixon And Pneumonia – Nixon And Watergate – Nixon And Cambodia.

July 15, 1973 – News this week had to do with Presidential health. Earlier in the week, President Nixon was admitted to Bethesda Naval Hospital with a case of Pneumonia. Nixon’s doctor, Dr. Walter Tkach disclosed that the President was indeed suffering from Pneumonia and that he had been put...

Santiago, Chile - Protests

July 13, 1983 – The IRA And Debate On The Death Penalty – Chanting In The Streets Of Santiago – A Computer That (Sort Of) Talks And Understands.

July 13, 1983 – Busy day as news goes. Starting with word on a bombing in Northern Ireland, taking the lives of four British Soldiers when the vehicle they were riding in struck a landmine. The attack comes while Parliament was debating the Death Penalty and whether it should be...

Depression Era America

May 1937 – H.W. Van Loon Has A Few Words About The Depression And Relief – Past Daily Reference Room

H.W. van Loon – Commentary: Relief – NBC Red Network – May 23, 1937 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – America in the midst of the Great Depression – still trying to recover, some 8 years after the initial Stock Market crash. Still going through fits and starts on what...

Sicily - July 10, 1943

July 10, 1943 – Report From Europe – Invasion Of Sicily.

July 10, 1943 – War Telescope – Morgan Beatty – NBC Red Network – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – For the price of a humdrum latte: Become a Patron! July 10, 1943 – News from Europe this day and it was all about the invasion of Sicily which took place...