Tagged: World War II

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January 1, 1961 – Days Of Future Murk – A New Year Look Ahead – Past Daily Reference Room

Most News programs spend the first day of a new year looking back on the events of the previous one. In 1961 however, January 1st was spent looking ahead. It was a year in transition for the White House. President Kennedy was poised to take over, come January 22nd and...

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December 11, 1935 – Exploring And Celebrating The Stratosphere –

When U.S. Army Air Corps Captains Albert W. Stevens and Orville A. Anderson landed their Explorer II High-altitude balloon on the ground near White Lake South Dakota, they were the first Scientific Observers to reach a distance of some 72,395 feet above the earth, the highest anyone had gone before....

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December 10, 1941 – ‘This Is Serious Business’ – War: Day 2

December 10, 1941 – the war had entered its 2nd official day, the 3rd since the attack on Pearl Harbor. In that short amount of time, America became fixated with regular, almost constant news reports, the constant need to be informed what was happening. Since December 8th, networks instituted a...

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December 7, 1941 – Day Of Infamy At Seventy-Nine – America Goes To War.

News reports via Mutual Broadcasting System – December 7, 1941 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection Seventy-two years on, the event which triggered our involvement in World War 2 is getting further and further from the collective memory. Much the same way the beginning of America‘s involvement in World War 1...

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December 3, 1943 – Orchestrated Hell – Raid Over Berlin

  In what has been considered one of the milestones in broadcast journalism, Edward R. Murrow reported his eyewitness account of a bombing raid over Berlin, this day in 1943. Taking part in what had become a nightly bombing run over Germany, Murrow was aboard a Lancaster Bomber, one of...

The irony of remembrance

November 11, 1939 – With Dreaded Irony – A Veteran’s Day In Wartime.

No doubt the irony was more than a little pronounced, but this radio report didn’t mention anything about that. This report, from American correspondent Arthur Manne from the front “somewhere in France” described the goings-on, some four months into the new war. With British troops stationed in France, and reports...

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October 27, 1944 – A Campaign Stump Speech From FDR

October 27, 1944 – FDR Campaign Address – Shibe Park, Philadelphia – CBS Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – In many ways a poles-apart contrast to the Presidential campaign of this year, the Presidential Campaign of 72 years ago was an unprecedented Fourth-term run for Franklin D. Roosevelt. Coupled...

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October 19, 1941 – All Eyes On Moscow

News for this October 19th in 1941 was about the Eastern Front. The German drive to Moscow before the first snows of Winter. The big push was in the area of the Caucasus; the huge Oil fields of Baku which, if captured would mean the German Army would cut off...