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News for August 2, 1951 centered around a disturbing development within the Military, and calls for a Congressional investigation were underway. Seems a rift between the various branches of the Armed Services had been going on for some time and it had finally boiled over into a public display in the form of a snub on the parts of the Navy and Marine Air Force towards the Army and upcoming joint maneuvers. Citing a historic disharmony between the various branches of the Armed Services, the Joint Chiefs of Staff vowed to take action.
Taking no action on this day were the advancement of a ceasefire or further Peace talks in Korea, while fighting and propoganda continued.
President Truman remarked, during his Press Conference, that he felt General Eisenhower could conceivably run for President without compromising his current duties in Europe. Truman added that he thought Eisenhower would run in 1952, but with which party still remained to be seen.
Congressional protest was mounting over a privately funded group’s attempts at a takeover of offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Citing a government land proviso going back to the War of 1812, the group laid claim to some 1900 acres of land on which sat some 40 oil drills located off the Louisiana coast.
House Un-American Activities Hearings were continuing and the House voted to halt aid going to countries supplying war goods to Soviet Bloc nations.
Secretary of State Acheson was heading to Tehran to act as buffer for the British-Iranian oil dispute talks. Nerves were rattled at the presence of British Warships cruising the Persian Gulf on maneuvers. So nervous in fact that, a Soviet ship cruised by an Iranian military outpost and was immediately subjected to machine gun fire before turning around.
Speaking of Dean Acheson, rumors were circulating that Averill Harriman was poised to assume the post of Secretary of State, starting as early as October, replacing Acheson who had been making overtures of leaving. The White House was quick to deny the reports.
All this and a lot more for August 2, 1951 as reported by Don Hollenbeck, substituting for Edward R. Murrow and The News for CBS Radio.