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March 13, 1961 – East Berlin, OPEC, Cuba And Other Frying Pans.

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March 3, 1941 – Signing Your Country’s Life Away – The Bulgaria Treaty.

Become a Patron! News for this day in 1941 was ominous but not unexpected. Bulgaria, reeling under the oppressive weight of the Nazi Government, relented and signed a Tripartite Treaty (i.e. surrender) to Germany, thus bringing one more country under the influence/domination of Berlin. Radio Berlin was reported to have...

Korea - February 1951

February 13, 1951: War In Korea – Withdrawals, Maneuvering, Condemnation And Celebrations Of An Alliance.

Become a Patron! Despite General MacArthur‘s spin that “we are continuing a war of maneuver”, a new phrase had entered into the Korean War Slang dictionary; “Buggin’ out”. On this February day in 1951, United Nations forces and the U.S. Army were in the process of retreating on several fronts,...

FDR - State of the Union in Wartime

January 6, 1945-State Of The Union In Wartime – President Roosevelt Addresses Congress And The Nation

This January 6th we were still in the midst of a World War. The optimism which followed the Allied invasion of Europe in the Summer of 1944 was interrupted by a surprise German counterattack in Belgium and Luxembourg just before Christmas. It threatened to cut the allied advance in half....

The World According To Conference Room 5 – October 29, 1949

Subscribers can download for free: Become a Patron! News for this October 29 in 1949 had much to do with the comings and goings from Conference Room 5 at the United Nations temporary headquarters at Lake Success, New York. Topic for discussion was Atomic Energy and what was going to...

Beirut - October 24, 1983

October 24, 1983 – An Aftermath In Beirut

Get it for free when you become a Patron: Become a Patron! October 24, 1983 – Beirut Bombing aftermath – President Reagan Press Conference – CBS Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – October 24, 1983 – The aftermath of the bombing of Marine Barracks and a French Army Command...

October 16, 1964 – An Absence Of Nikita – Shakeup In The Kremlin

Become a Patron! The stunning news, on this October 16, 1964, was the revelation that Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev had been removed from office in what many believed to be a bloodless coup on the parts of hardliners. Afraid that Khruschev was getting a little too soft toward the West,...

Cream In Concert From Detroit 1967 (RIP Ginger Baker – 1939-2019) – Past Daily Backstage Weekend Update: Tribute Edition

Become a Patron! Hearing the sad news today of the passing of legendary Drummer Ginger Baker – it’s further evidence 2019 has not been a good year for Music. Tributes have been pouring in all day, including this one via Pitchfork earlier this morning (October 6,2019): After days of being...

Preparing for War - 1938

September 27, 1938 – “Because Of A Quarrel In A Faraway Country, Between People Of Whom We Know Nothing” – Neville Chamberlain

Patrons get perks – join up and find out: Become a Patron! News for this September 27th in 1938 was grim. The crisis in Munich was rapidly coming to a boil and it seemed at the time inevitable that war would break out. British Prime Minister Chamberlain, exhausted from the...

September 23, 1967 – Vietnam: Saving It By Destroying It – Sniper Fire In Aurora – Fighting Over Mao.

Subscribers can get this download for free: Become a Patron! Waking up to the news this morning in 1967 had much to do with the endless war of attrition in Vietnam. The ongoing battle, mounting casualties and airstrikes near the Marine outpost at Con Thien. The theory being to destroy...