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February 18, 1987 – Dissidents, Shakeups And Smokers

No end to drama, this February 18th in 1987. Street fighting in Beirut, brokered truces falling apart, fighting over a strategically placed office building in Beirut, which just happened to be right across the street from the building housing the CBS News Beirut Bureau.  Several times, in the course of...

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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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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...

Living On The Edge: 1956 – Past Daily Reference Room

By 1956 it would be pretty safe to say America was headed well into nervous breakdown territory. Everything was on the rise – divorce, alcohol abuse, prescription medications, fear, paranoia and irrevocable change. And it wasn’t being coped with, other than via escape. And those issues were many. We had...

Detroit – City Of The Future In 1949 – October 7, 1949 – Past Daily Reference Room

As a kid growing up in Detroit in the 1950s, I wasn’t really aware of how much Detroit was different than other cities. It was a place I lived with my family and I had no other frame of reference. I was however, aware that my father, who worked in...

March 19, 1948 – A Cold War Tinderbox – Roman Spring – The Marshall Plan

If we’re helping keep your mind off things, maybe chipping in a buck of five would be a good idea, no?: Become a Patron! Characterized as a tinderbox by the State Department, Turkey, Italy, Greece and the Balkan region were hot in the grips of rioting on this March 19th...

September 16, 1980 – Fly In The Ointment – John Anderson And The Third Party Question – Day 314 For Hostages

Hard to forget this week in September of 1980 was all about the Presidential Election campaign and the upcoming debates between Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and that thorn in both of their sides, John Anderson. Carter refused to participate in any debate that also included Anderson. Spokesman Robert Strauss explained...

September 10, 1949 – “Something Went Snap” – Mass Shooting In New Jersey – Throwing Rocks In Peekskill –

A week where the vagaries of Human Nature went haywire, this September 10th in 1949. Starting with news of a deadly mass shooting in Camden New Jersey. The lone gunman, Howard Unruh, claiming people were saying bad things about his character, went on a shooting rampage, indiscriminately killing some 13...

Labor Has A Word On Labor Day – George Meany – 1967

Click on the link here for Audio Player – George Meany – Labor Day Address – Sept. 1, 1967 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection Labor Day in 1967 was on the pessimistic side. Unrest all over the country. Poverty, cities in turmoil, unemployment, the Vietnam War sapping the country of...

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August 15, 1969 – And While The Scent Of Incense And Patchouli Wafted In One Part Of The World – The Scent Of Teargas And Burning Tires Wafted In The Other –

  Become a Patron! While the much-fabled Woodstock Festival was getting underway for its first day, the world was spinning wildly away as usual on this August 15th in 1969. From Northern Ireland, Catholic and Protestant rioting was raging on. British troops were being reinforced and rioting was spreading rapidly....