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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...

Leaving Cuban ports

November 20, 1962 – Cuban Redux – Russia And China Squabble – Upbeat Congress.

The lingering legacy of the Cuban Missile Crisis was still very apparent, this November 20th in 1962. On this day, news broke that Cuban Premier Fidel Castro backed down on a pledge to keep Russian Jet bombers on Cuban soil, averting another potential crisis and allowing the IL-28 Bombers to...

FDR - 1936

November 2, 1936 – Eve Of An Election 1936 – A Last Word Or Two From FDR Before The Polls Close.

November 2nd in 1936 was the last day before the Presidential election that year. As a “final word”, President Roosevelt, along with Postmaster General James Farley and New York Senator Robert Wagner, addressed the nation via that relatively recent mass-media device; radio. The end of a hard fought campaign, FDR...

FDR - Address in Chicago

October 14, 1936 – FDR -‘A Regimentation Of Other People’s Money – A Regimentation Of Other People’s Lives’

With the Presidential Campaign of 1936 in its last weeks and at fevered pitch, President Roosevelt embarked on a coast-to-coast tour to bring his message home. In 1936, America was in better shape than it was in 1932. But detractors clamored to call the New Deal a disaster, that The...

October 9, 1989 – Manuel Noriega And The Little Coup That Couldn’t

News for this October 9th in 1989 had to do with the growing protest movement in East Germany and the rioting going on in East Berlin. The riots erupted when East German police broke up a demonstration urging reforms from the hardline regime of Erich Honecker. Western Press were barred...

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

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March 13, 1961 – East Berlin, OPEC, Cuba And Other Frying Pans.

If we’re helping relieve the boredom, chip in: Become a Patron! The Cold War climate was getting stirred up, this March 13th in 1961. News that West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt left a meeting with President Kennedy saying there would be no trouble coming from the Soviets in the immediate...