The Pope

U.S. Marines in Beirut

September 13, 1983 – Sandbags For Beirut – Candles For Seoul

September 13, 1983 – A world in conflict. In Beirut, Marines were given authority to call for air support in case artillery attacks from Lebanese rebel groups. Earlier in the day, President Reagan extended the Marines authority to defend themselves by allowing them to call for airstrikes against any units...

Pope John Paul II

May 13, 1981 – The Shooting Of A Pope

May 13, 1981 – The first news bulletins were met with perplexity. As the reports continued and elaborated, the news was unsettling and seemed abstract. Why attempt to assassinate a Pope? And this Pope, of all people? Pope John Paul II was, without a doubt, the most popular of the...

Coronation Of A Pope – Pope Pius XII – March 12, 1939 – Past Daily Reference Room

Coronation Of A Pope – Pope Pius XII – March 12, 1939 – Past Daily Reference Room

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Mutual/Vatican Radio – Coronation of Pope Pius XII – March 12, 1939 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. Upon the Death of Pope Pius XI, the former Cardinal Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli, ascended to the position of...

Camilla Says Yes – Mahmud Says No – February 11, 2005

Camilla Says Yes – Mahmud Says No – February 11, 2005

. . .or click on the link here for Audio Player – BBC World Service – The World Today – February 11, 2005 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. Ten years ago today – Britain’s Prince Charles announced his engagement to longtime Mistress Camilla Parker Bowles, from then on to be...

Bringing Central America To The Boil – January 15, 1984

Bringing Central America To The Boil – January 15, 1984

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – ABC World News This Week – Week ending January 15, 1984 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. Thirty-one years ago this week, the simmering stew of politics and saber-rattling hit the boiling point in Central America. With news...

Patti Smith At The Vatican 2013 – Nights At The Roundtable: Holiday Edition

Patti Smith At The Vatican 2013 – Nights At The Roundtable: Holiday Edition

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Patti Smith: O Holy Night – Dec. 25, 2013 – Vatican Concert Only fitting to go into Christmas with an unforgettable rendition of O Holy Night by Patti Smith, part of a concert given at the Vatican...

T’was The Season – Bombs, Balls And Strikes – October 2, 1949

Click on the link here for Audio Player – NBC Radio – Voices & Events – Week ending October 2, 1949 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection A busy week, this first one of October in 1949. Strikes were on the agenda – the Steel Industry was hit with its first...

Raoul Cedras And The Awkward Moments – September 22, 1994

Click on the link here for Audio Player – CBS World News Roundup – September 22, 1994 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection News for this first day of Autumn in 1994 had much to do with the ongoing situation in Haiti. With U.S. troops having landed on the Island nation...

One Hostage Down – Fifty-Two To Go – And ‘Like Magic, Drunks Have Disappeared From Parks’ – July 11, 1980

Click on the link here for Audio Player – CBS News – Firstline Report – World News Roundup – Newsbreak – July 11, 1980 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection An interesting news day, this July 11th in 1980. It started off with a look at the upcoming Moscow Olympics, which...

Passing Of The Great One – June 25, 1987

Click on the link here for Audio Player – CBS World News Roundup – June 25, 1987 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection A sad day, this June 25th in 1987. News of the passing of Jackie Gleason, comedian and early television legend had slipped peacefully away the previous evening, losing...