U.S. Intervention

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February 11, 1941 – War Of Nerves – War Of Words – The View From Vichy

News for this February 11th in 1941 was primarily about the war in Europe; a war the U.S. was comfortably-but-getting-less-so not directly involved in. We were still very much on the sidelines and still had access to all the contentious centers of attention, some 531 days into it. We were...

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February 10, 1995 – About Grilling – The Foster Confirmation Hearings – The Simpson Trial – Airline Bomb Threats

No end to grilling going on, this February 10th in 1995. On Capitol Hill it was the grilling of Surgeon General Nominee Dr. Henry Foster and the sound of overzealous clucking emanating from Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich over allegations Dr. Foster performed numerous abortions during his professional career...

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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...

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January 18, 1956 – Looking At The Rose Through World Colored Glasses – John Foster Dulles.

For the week ending this day in 1956, all attention seemed to be on an interview, conducted by Life Magazine, with Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. The gist of the interview was Dulles’ alarming tone with regard to the Indo-China (Vietnam) situation. Dulles proclaimed, in no uncertain terms, that...

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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...

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January 12, 1978 – Starting The Political Year Off With A Jimmy Carter Press Conference –

This day in 1978 saw President Jimmy Carter give his first Press Conference of 1978. And by the looks and sounds of it, the political year would have enough drama to go around. Taking center stage was the crisis in Africa between Somalia and Ethiopia, taking place around the Ogaden...

Crisis: 1958 VP Nixon In South America

December 29, 1958 – Years Of Crisis – 1958 – Recapping A Year In The Life.

Since we’re rapidly (and thankfully) approaching the end of 2020, the somewhat pained looks back at the year start now. But rather than mull over 2020 here (since everyone else will do a better job anyway), today we’re going to start with the goings-on that shaped 1958. Oddly, a  year...

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...

Crew of Graf Spee

December 18, 1939 – Losing A Battleship But Gaining Christmas Trees – Sinking The Graf Spee.

News for this day in 1939 had to do with the sudden scuttling and sinking of the German Battleship Graf Spee, after an intense sea battle off the Uruguayan coast. The battleship, discovered and chased by British Naval forces, sustained considerable damage and was granted safe harbor by Uruguay, who...

December 17, 1999 – Unfolding A Plot – Threats Of Carnage: Real And Disgruntled.

News on this December 17th in 1999 that, on the surface like another in a series of promised mayhem for the turn of the Century coming up. But we didn’t know at the time just how sinister this thing was going to go. The latest was the arrest of Ahmed...