Tagged: Quality of Life

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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 22, 1964 – Trench Life During The War On Poverty – Sargent Shriver

This day in 1964 (a Sunday), Meet The Press had Sargent Shriver on as guest. As former head of The Peace Corps, he was tagged by President Johnson to head up the newly declared War On Poverty. The War On Poverty, as LBJ unofficially termed it, was first introduced in...

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Women’s Day – August 26, 1970 – Past Daily Reference Room

As a reminder of the protests, the struggle and the message on this International Women’s Day, Here is an excerpt of the Women’s March in New York City, as relayed by WBAI and its day-long live broadcast on August 26, 1970. It would be optimistic to look back on this...

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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 5, 1961 – The Economy: In Good Shape At The Moment – In Bad Shape Comparatively –

February 5, 1961 – Forever The Economy – even in 1961. It was about jobs, lack of jobs, where we were compared to the rest of the world. Were we lagging behind. Were we still Number One. Where were we heading. President Kennedy, in his State of The Union speech...

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...

January 28, 1994 – Life In Sudden California – L.A.’s Little Earthquake Problem.

Even though one of the deadliest earthquakes to hit Southern California occurred on January 17th of 1994, the earth was still shaking some 11 days later, with some 70 considerable aftershocks taking place on the morning of January 28th alone. The city, to say the least, was in a state...

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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...

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...

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...