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Nicosia - February 1975

February 21, 1975 – Secretary General Kurt Waldheim On The Cyprus Situation – Past Daily Reference Room

Keeps us up – keeps us running: Become a Patron! The ongoing dispute over the issue of Cyprus, a tiny island in the Mediterranean caught in a tug-of-war between Turkey and Greece over who both claimed possession of the island once again escalated when Turkey staged full-scale invasion of the...

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,...

February 7, 1964 – The State Department Holds A Press Conference: The Subject Is Gitmo

On a day where crises were popping up seemingly everywhere, the focus on this February 7th in 1964 was the flare-up of bad relations with Cuba and threats by the Castro regime against our military base at Guantanamo. The flap began over the seizing of four Cuban fishing trawlers off...

Cold War Europe 1947

December 10, 1947 – The Wages Of Cold War – The Price Of Modern Living

Patrons get the audio for free: Become a Patron! News for this December 10th in 1947 was about the Cold War and the hotbeds of upheaval in this post-War world. The Paris strikes had calmed down, as a rift was forming between the French Communists and Moscow. Rumors of Communist...

November 27, 1938 – “With All This Peace, Let’s Gear Up For War” – France And Striking Unions

‘Tis the season for subscribing . . .Become a Patron! With the world breathing a cautious, albeit temporary sigh of relief, now that the Munich Crisis was over, news for this November 27th in 1938 had much to do with the goings on in Europe, post-Treaty. In France the big...

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...

October 23, 1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis: War Footing

Become a Patron! As the Cuban Missile Crisis reached the second day, ominous signs were apparent everywhere. Orders were issued, a blockade was to be enforced, protests were lodged, reserves were called up. The threat of war inched closer. And everyone sat and listened and waited and felt generally helpless...

Bert Lance - Getty Images

October 21, 1978 – The Affairs Of Burt Lance – Egyptian-Israeli Speed-Bumps – About Walter Hickel

Become a Patron! News for this October 21st in 1978 had much to do with the continuing, on-again-off-again-stop-and-start Egyptian-Israeli Peace Talks going on at Camp David. Hitting snags on a seemingly hourly basis, the talks were snagged again on this day. The principals were heading back to respective capitols to...

Women and Wretched Excess

October 2, 1976 – Pressing Flesh, Earl Butz And Women’s Little Drug And Alcohol Problem

Patrons get freebies – like this news broadcast: Become a Patron! For the week ending on October 2nd in 1976, it was a busy flurry of news. Starting with the adjournment of the 94th Congress and assessments, blame and praise handed out to anyone willing to analyze. President Ford was...

East-West tensions on the rise - a Cold War Likely - A Shooting War looming

Contemplating NATO – Worries Over Cold War – 1949 – Past Daily Reference Room

Subscribers get special perks when they join up: Become a Patron! The subject of NATO has been in the news in recent months with a movement afoot on behalf of the current administration to divest ourselves from it. In the years directly after World War 2, it was a different...