Tagged: Capitol Hill

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January 25, 1979 – Postcards From Tehran

With no end in sight and protests continuing and becoming more violent, the situation in Iran on this day in 1979 was anything but resolved. The Pro and Anti-Shah factions were battling it out in the streets of Tehran and it was only escalating with each passing day.  As of...

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January 18, 1956 – Looking At The Rose Through World Colored Glasses – John Foster Dulles.

For the week ending this day in 1956, all attention seemed to be on an interview, conducted by Life Magazine, with Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. The gist of the interview was Dulles’ alarming tone with regard to the Indo-China (Vietnam) situation. Dulles proclaimed, in no uncertain terms, that...

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January 11, 1944 – FDR -The Second Bill Of Rights -A State Of The Union In Wartime –

Recovering from a bad case of the Flu, President Roosevelt delivered the 1944 State of The Union address from the Oval Office, rather than in a Joint Session of Congress. The war had been going on for 3 years and the tide was turning in the Allies favor. It was...

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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...

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December 4, 1947 – For Paris: Another Day, Another Round Of Billy Clubs – For The Middle East: Another Unholy Day In The Holy Land.

  Another day of drama and upheaval, this December 4th in 1947. Still reeling from the UN partition plan of Palestine, riots were continuing in Jerusalem and all throughout the region. Riots were erupting again in Paris, with Communists taking to the streets. And Paris was again the sight of...

November 23, 1970 – A Search Continues, A War Goes On, The View From Folsom – Nixon Overrides A Veto –

A day a lot happened. This November 23rd in 1970 heard reports of an unsuccessful attempt to free American prisoners in a North Vietnamese detention camp. The raid itself was successful, but the purported prison camp had been evacuated several weeks earlier. The Defense Department Press conference left more questions...

Cuban Missile Crisis

October 22, 1962 – October Mayhem. The Cuban Missile Crisis.

News for this day in 1962 was decidedly ominous, and if you had grown up on a diet of Cold War paranoia, it was the worst case scenario come to life. Ever since the revolution in Cuba in 1959, and the overthrow of the Battista government for the one set...

What about James Watt?

October 16, 1983 – What About Watt – What About Lebanon – What About Continental Airlines?

Further evidence Capitol Hill has always been capable of leaving the nation breathless. This October 16th in 1983 saw the long hoped-for resignation of Interior Secretary James G. Watt. Known famously for acknowledged dunderhead quotes and strange policies, Watt finally announced his resignation. One such acrid bon mot came during...

War in Korea - 1951

October 15, 1951 – War In Korea – “We Don’t Have Magic Weapons To Win Wars Quickly”

October 15, 1951 – A busy news day. A war in Korea and from Capitol Hill, a call for discussions and a workable solution with the Russians. The looming specter of the Atomic bomb always at the forefront. Meanwhile, President Truman also urged passage of a Universal Military Training law,...