Week In History

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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 8, 1938 – A New Word In Our Lexicon: Facsimile

For all that the world was teetering on the brink of World War and possible extinction, there were still glimpses to be had that we were indeed bracing ourselves for a fascinating future – if we survived that long. One of those major discoveries, coming hot on the heels of...

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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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February 1, 1946 – Peace, Strikes And Cross-Country Flights

February 1, 1946 – starting a new month with the same old problems: Strikes, strife and accusations – as well as a glimpse of air-travel in the not-too-distant future. Starting with news from Washington that President Truman was vowing to end the Steel Strike before it got too far out...

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January 27, 1942 – A World At War – Intense Sea Battles In The Pacific – First Contingent Of U.S. Troops Arrive In Ireland.

Fighting or talk of war going on seemingly all over the world, this January 27th in 1942. The Pacific was the scene of many fierce sea and air battles as the Battle of the Dutch East Indies claimed over 30 Japanese ships sunk or badly damaged with a loss of...