Tagged: Soviet Union

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March 31, 1990 – The View From Vilnius – Gorbachev And The Break-Away Republics.

News for this last day of March in 1990 had much to do with the rapidly-becoming-former Soviet Union. March 1990 was Lithuania’s turn – a move was underway to break with the Soviet Union and become an independent nation no longer under the influence of Moscow. Despite repeated warnings from...

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March 30, 1948 – Foreign Aid – Fragile Elections – Italy Goes To The Polls.

A busy and “interesting” news day, this March 30th in 1948. Starting with news on the upcoming elections in Italy, which were awash in violence and fears of a Communist sweep. Riots claimed 6 persons in the last two days and it was enough to call together the parties and...

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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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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 11, 1941 – War Of Nerves – War Of Words – The View From Vichy

News for this February 11th in 1941 was primarily about the war in Europe; a war the U.S. was comfortably-but-getting-less-so not directly involved in. We were still very much on the sidelines and still had access to all the contentious centers of attention, some 531 days into it. We were...

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...

Paris Riots - 1947

December 4, 1947 – For Paris: Another Day, Another Round Of Billy Clubs – For The Middle East: Another Unholy Day In The Holy Land.

  Another day of drama and upheaval, this December 4th in 1947. Still reeling from the UN partition plan of Palestine, riots were continuing in Jerusalem and all throughout the region. Riots were erupting again in Paris, with Communists taking to the streets. And Paris was again the sight of...