Tagged: Cold War

Africa in 1964 2

March 26, 1961 – Soapy Goes To Africa – Fact-Finding In A Region Roiling In Conflict.

The ongoing turmoil/growing pains/strife that marked the Africa Independence Movement in the 1960s continues, to a degree, to this day. But in 1964 it was all pretty fresh. There was The Congo, formerly Belgian Congo, which was undergoing a dramatic upheaval since achieving independence from Belgium in 1961. The entire...

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March 18, 1949 – Dean Acheson And The North Atlantic Pact – NATO

This day in 1949 had much to with the ongoing squabble between the the West and the Soviet Union. As the Cold War continued and grew with intensity, The U.S. and its European counterparts adopted the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. On March 18, 1949, Secretary of State Dean Acheson went...

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March 11, 1950 – The Never-Ending Show; Congressional Investigation – Riots In Berlin – War Games And Diplomacy

With the Cold War in full-bloom, the war of nerves and the hysteria was reaching fever-pitch. From Capitol Hill came a contentious set of Congressional hearings over purported Communist influence in the State Department. In the witness chair was Senator Joseph McCarthy and the war of words raged for hours,...

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March 4, 1950 – “Brilliant Mind – Nasty Person”: The Klaus Fuchs Affair – The Ever-Present Cult Of Doom.

News for the week ending on March 4, 1950 had a lot to do with the Cold War and the ever-present threatening cloud of catastrophe which seemed to spread over most of the world.  One of the key figures in the development of the Atomic Bomb, David Lilienthal referred to...

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February 22, 1969 – In Dread Of A Nixon Visit – End Of The Tet Holiday – “George Was A Snappy Dancer”.

News on this Washington’s Birthday in 1969 had much to do with the anticipated European visit of newly inaugurated  President Nixon. It also had something to do with a just-published biography of George Washington by author-historian Mary Higgins Clark, and revelations over what were previously conceived notions as to who...

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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...

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...

Tehran protests

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...

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...

January 7, 1957 – Cold War: Wages Of Fear – Dividends Of Discontent – The World According To January.

Change the names and the circumstances and this could just as easily be almost any recent year as it was this day in 1957. The Middle East; the perennial powder-keg, the threatened flashpoint where the world would be plunged into chaos. The divider between East and West. On this day...