Tagged: Commentators

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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 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...

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...

New York - 1956

The Sound Of New York – 1956 – Past Daily Weekend Pop Chronicles/Gallimaufry

The CBS Radio Workshop – Voice Of New York – March 2, 1956 You support is always enormously appreciated: Become a Patron! In the 1950’s, reel to reel tape recorders were the equivalent to iPhones today. Everybody had to have one and everybody felt the overpowering need to record everything...

Abortion rights demonstration

January 22, 1973 – Roe v. Wade – Supreme Court Decision On Abortion

Forty-eight years ago today, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that made a Woman’s right whether or not to choose to have an Abortion a legal right. Prior to this time it was illegal for a doctor to perform an Abortion under any circumstances, and those Women who chose...

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...

Happy Pills – 1956 – Past Daily Weekend Pop Chronicles.

Mental Health in the 1950’s was still something of a mystery when the first medications were introduced to treat symptoms of depression, anxiety and psychosis. The introduction of Tranquilizers to the American public was met with a goodly amount of suspicion in the Psychiatric community, but the public went crazy...

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...