Reagan Years

February 4, 1980 – ABSCAM: New Word In The Dictionary.

On this February 4th in 1980, a new Acronym entered our Dictionary –ABSCAM, which stood for Abdul Enterprises Scam or Arab Scam implicated at least 8 Senators and Congressmen over accepting bribes in exchange for favors. Denials and hand-wringing went into swift action, but questions arose when it was learned...

Suspects

February 2, 1989 – The Trail Points East – Search For Suspects In PanAm Bombing.

News for this second day of February in 1989 had much to do with suspicions in the terrorist bombing of PanAm flight 103, which had blown up six weeks earlier over Lockerbie, Scotland. Although British and American investigators had yet to name suspects, it was looking more and more like...

Auschwitz Concentration Camp

January 27, 1995 – Remembering Auschwitz – Explaining A Balanced Budget – The Barney Frank Kerfuffle – A 14 Year Old Venus Williams

January 27, 1995 – All Things Considered – National Public Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – January 27, 1995 – A day of contrasts – from the goings on in Congress and Capitol Hill to the Tennis Courts in Melbourne to observance of one of the most heinous acts...

Blizzard of '82

January 21, 1982 – A Deadly Kentucky Coalmine Explosion – The Blizzard Of ’82 – Welcome To The Me Generation.

January 21, 1982 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – A coalmine explosion in Kentucky and a blizzard sweeping across the midwest. Just a little of what was going on this January in 1982. Seven men, including four members of the family, were killed in a...

Sandinista rebels

January 15, 1984 – Bringing Central America To The Boil – And The Word Is Sandinista.

Thirty-seven years ago this week, the simmering stew of politics and saber-rattling hit the boiling point in Central America. With news that a U.S. Helicopter had been forced down near the border between Honduras and Nicaragua and claims that Sandinista rebels killed the pilot after he stepped out of the...

PanAm 103

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...

Warsaw - December 1981

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...

Trouble At The Knowledge Factory – Berkeley Free Speech Movement – December 2, 1964

Become a Patron! Although it started two months earlier, this day in 1964 marked a turning point in the Protest movement in the U.S. In 1964 students at UC Berkeley began a series of protests over the banning of political activities on Campus and insisted the University acknowledged the students’...

Iran-Iraq War

October 23, 1980 – Double Digit Inflation And Dismal News For The White House – The Iran-Iraq War: Meanwhile, Back In Khorramshahr. . .

A day full of politics, both Domestic and Foreign, this October 23, 1980. Starting with the Presidential election and the race, the rhetoric and the banter back and forth between President Carter and hopefuls Reagan and Anderson. The economic news wasn’t rosy – with the Labor Department reporting that consumer...

What about James Watt?

October 16, 1983 – What About Watt – What About Lebanon – What About Continental Airlines?

Further evidence Capitol Hill has always been capable of leaving the nation breathless. This October 16th in 1983 saw the long hoped-for resignation of Interior Secretary James G. Watt. Known famously for acknowledged dunderhead quotes and strange policies, Watt finally announced his resignation. One such acrid bon mot came during...