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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 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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February 2, 1989 – The Trail Points East – Search For Suspects In PanAm Bombing.

News for this second day of February in 1989 had much to do with suspicions in the terrorist bombing of PanAm flight 103, which had blown up six weeks earlier over Lockerbie, Scotland. Although British and American investigators had yet to name suspects, it was looking more and more like...

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January 25-February 11, 2011 – The Odyssey Of Tahrir – Arab Spring And The Ouster Of Mubarak –

January 25-February 11, 2011 – News Reports – interviews – eyewitness accounts – BBC -ABC (Australia) – CBC – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – January 25-February 11, 2011 – Ten years ago. Maybe not that far in the deep-distant past, but far enough to be able to look back and...

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January 22, 1973 – Roe v. Wade – Supreme Court Decision On Abortion

Forty-eight years ago today, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that made a Woman’s right whether or not to choose to have an Abortion a legal right. Prior to this time it was illegal for a doctor to perform an Abortion under any circumstances, and those Women who chose...

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America The Violent – 1969 – The Ghastly Things We Do – A Society Of Folded Hands – Past Daily Reference Room

Another School Shooting – another invasion of what once was Safe Haven – another stain on our society. Another period of mourning, of grief, of anger, of hand-wringing. Another period of vows and proclamations. Another period of fingers pointing. Another period of cries and heartbreak. Another period of eerie silence....

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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...

January 1, 1961 – Days Of Future Murk – A New Year Look Ahead – Past Daily Reference Room

Most News programs spend the first day of a new year looking back on the events of the previous one. In 1961 however, January 1st was spent looking ahead. It was a year in transition for the White House. President Kennedy was poised to take over, come January 22nd and...

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...

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December 21, 1945 – The Former Dutch East Indies Erupts In Anti-Colonial Violence.

December 21, 1945 – Don Bell report from Manila -Mutual Broadcasting – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – December 21, 1945. The Independence movement in the Dutch East Indies was quickly gaining momentum and resistance to it was gaining intensity. The Indonesian National Revolution, or Indonesian War of Independence, was an...