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December 16, 2001 – Jabberwocky In The Land Of The Unknown Knowns – The Known Knowns – The Unknown Unknowns.

BBC World Service News + From Our Own Correspondent – December 16, 2001 – BBC World Service Seems like another lifetime ago, but on this December 16th in 2001 we were just getting our feet wet in what was to become the mess, the gift that keeps on giving, the...

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December 15, 1981 – The Official Press Says Poland Is Calm –

A world of unease, this December 15th in 1981. Starting with news of a purported calm descending over Poland in wake of the latest and growing set of strikes sweeping the country. The State News agency also took steps to cut off all communications between Warsaw and the rest of...

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December 11, 1957 – A Word Or Two From Frank Lloyd Wright + A Lot Of Christmas Music – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

There was a time when radio had a habit of mixing things up – going from serious news or conversation to festive holiday music didn’t seem that much of a jarring stretch at the time. The assumption was, the audience would adjust accordingly. Case in point – here is a...

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December 11, 1935 – Exploring And Celebrating The Stratosphere –

When U.S. Army Air Corps Captains Albert W. Stevens and Orville A. Anderson landed their Explorer II High-altitude balloon on the ground near White Lake South Dakota, they were the first Scientific Observers to reach a distance of some 72,395 feet above the earth, the highest anyone had gone before....

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December 10, 1941 – ‘This Is Serious Business’ – War: Day 2

December 10, 1941 – the war had entered its 2nd official day, the 3rd since the attack on Pearl Harbor. In that short amount of time, America became fixated with regular, almost constant news reports, the constant need to be informed what was happening. Since December 8th, networks instituted a...

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December 9, 1947 – Strikes, Discontent, Unrest And The Litigious Nature Of Rain –

Not very much means a whole lot: Become a Patron! December 9th in 1947 – Post-War discontent, Cold War jitters and the slow, painful process of getting a war torn Europe back on its feet. Canadian Prime Minister MacKenzie King addressed the Canadian House of Commons, saying the European situation...

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December 8, 1980 – Dream Is Over – The Death Of John Lennon

Stunned incomprehensible silence. That was a reaction many people had when they first heard the news that John Lennon was dead, gunned down as he stepped out of a car, on his way home from a recording session. And as the news reports came in – and as word repeated...

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The Music Of René Amengual – NBC Studio Orchestra – 1943 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

René Amengual – Preludio – NBC Studio Orchestra – Joseph Stulpak, cond. June 24, 1943 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection Chipping in really helps: Become a Patron! Mid-twentieth century music from Chile this week, via composer, pianist and educator René Amengual in a rare performance of his Preludio for Orchestra,...

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December 4, 1947 – For Paris: Another Day, Another Round Of Billy Clubs – For The Middle East: Another Unholy Day In The Holy Land.

  Another day of drama and upheaval, this December 4th in 1947. Still reeling from the UN partition plan of Palestine, riots were continuing in Jerusalem and all throughout the region. Riots were erupting again in Paris, with Communists taking to the streets. And Paris was again the sight of...

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December 3, 1943 – Orchestrated Hell – Raid Over Berlin

  In what has been considered one of the milestones in broadcast journalism, Edward R. Murrow reported his eyewitness account of a bombing raid over Berlin, this day in 1943. Taking part in what had become a nightly bombing run over Germany, Murrow was aboard a Lancaster Bomber, one of...