United Nations

Jan Masaryk 0

March 10, 1948 – The Death Of Masaryk – Britain’s Economic Downturn – Butter Vs. Margarine.

News for this March 10th in 1948 had much to do with a flood of reports from Prague saying that non-Communist Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk had been found dead from an apparent suicide hours earlier. But even while reports were coming in, speculation was rife that it was no suicide,...

The GOP - Primaries 1996 0

February 26, 1996 – Pat Buchanan And The GOP Hissy-Fit – Primary Season In America.

It was Primary season, this February in 1996. And the news for this February 26th was the campaign of Senator Bob Dole was in big trouble, financially. And with the upcoming Arizona Primary slated for the following day (February 26th in 1996 fell on a Monday, so . . .),...

Elections in Britain - 1950 0

February 23, 1950 – Britain Goes To The Polls – Election Night In London – Coal Strike In America.

Busy day in World affairs and a busy day in domestic ones. While the eyes of the world were focused on Britain this February 23rd in 1950, waiting for election results, the eyes of American were focused on the Coal Strike where ten states were called on to invoke emergency...

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February 19, 1965 – Shapes Of Things – Attempted Coup In Saigon – Attempted Extremists In Germany.

History doesn’t preserve itself, it needs your help: Become a Patron! As if there weren’t enough indications that America had gotten itself involved in a shooting war in Vietnam sooner rather than later, an abortive coup attempt to overthrow the Military junta of General Khanh took place in Saigon beginning...

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February 17, 1996 – A Collision Of Ideologies – A Collision Of Trains – A $19 Million Settlement

News for this February 17th in 1996 started off with a grim report of a collision between trains had taken place just outside of Washington D.C., killing at least 11 people, most were  trainees for the Job Corps Program heading to Washington D.C. from a training Center in West Virginia....

February 16, 1979 0

February 16, 1979 – Flight From Tehran

February 16, 1979 – a day of evacuation, confusion and purges in Tehran, and a day of logger-heads in Mexico City. In Iran, the escape was on, and hundreds of American nationals were lining up at Tehran Airport to get the next flight out. Meanwhile, the purge was on, with...

February 15, 1951 0

February 15, 1951 – 48,000 And Counting – The Situation In Korea

Unfortunately, history doesn’t preserve itself: Become a Patron! February 15, 1951 – Reports from Korea were pessimistic, even with spin attached. As of this day the list of casualties grew by 600, passing the 48,000 mark for both dead and wounded in the Korean War, which was now in its...

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February 12, 1964 – Big Trouble In Little Cyprus

Contrary to popular belief that the world changed in 1964, based on the happenings on The Ed Sullivan Show a few days earlier, it was the business-as-usual for the rest of the planet. Civil War was erupting on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus between Greeks and Turks who lived there,...

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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...

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...