Week In History

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...

October 16, 1964 – An Absence Of Nikita – Shakeup In The Kremlin

Become a Patron! The stunning news, on this October 16, 1964, was the revelation that Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev had been removed from office in what many believed to be a bloodless coup on the parts of hardliners. Afraid that Khruschev was getting a little too soft toward the West,...

Cream In Concert From Detroit 1967 (RIP Ginger Baker – 1939-2019) – Past Daily Backstage Weekend Update: Tribute Edition

Become a Patron! Hearing the sad news today of the passing of legendary Drummer Ginger Baker – it’s further evidence 2019 has not been a good year for Music. Tributes have been pouring in all day, including this one via Pitchfork earlier this morning (October 6,2019): After days of being...

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...

Preparing for War - 1938

September 27, 1938 – “Because Of A Quarrel In A Faraway Country, Between People Of Whom We Know Nothing” – Neville Chamberlain

Patrons get perks – join up and find out: Become a Patron! News for this September 27th in 1938 was grim. The crisis in Munich was rapidly coming to a boil and it seemed at the time inevitable that war would break out. British Prime Minister Chamberlain, exhausted from the...

Hollywood: A state of mind

March 30, 1951 – The Week That Was – A Hollywood State Of Mind.

March 30, 1951 – CBS Radio: Hear It Now with Edward R. Murrow – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 30, 1951 – What this week sounded like in 1951, and a look at Hollywood at a crossroads. A week loaded with drama – from hearings on Organized Crime to...

Korean War - 1951

January 12, 1951 – Korean War – “Fifty Percent Of People Do Not Take An Interest In Politics Unless It Affects Them” – Civility In The Halls Of Government.

January 12, 1951 – CBS Radio: Hear It Now With Edward R. Murrow – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – January 12, 1951 – The end of the second week of the new year. And judging by the reports, the year is starting out pretty the same as it ended 1950....

Our latest Podcast Is Up And Running! – Week Of July 23rd – Past Daily’s Thousand Yard Stare

Or click on the link right here: Past Daily’s Thousand Yard Stare – for the week of July 23, 2018 As most of you know by now, we’ve begun a podcast version of Past Daily – it’s Past Daily Lite, or the Cliffnotes version of what you get here every...

The RFK Funeral Train

June 8, 1968 – “I dream things that never were and say why not.” – The Funeral Of Robert Kennedy

June 8, 1968 – Funeral Service For Robert F. Kennedy – NBC Radio continuous Coverage – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – After hearing the news that Robert Kennedy had been shot, the following days were a blur; running into one another, creating a haze of shock and grief rolled into...