Click on the link here for Audio Player: News For Jan. 21, 1964
Sadly, not all January 21st’s in history can be celebratory affairs. Not every January 21st can have eloquent speeches, eloquent poetry or gifted song. No. Some 21st days of January can be just dull and painful and endless treadmills in history.
Take, for example, January 21st, 1964.
The White House was tying itself in knots, trying to figure out a plausible solution to a situation in Panama that had clearly spiralled out of control. Troops were called in the quell the rioting, but the underlying matter was one of the U.S. overstaying its welcome in a small Latin American country.
Call from Panamanian President Chiari, along with vice-President Gonzalez, to begin negotiations for a independent solution to this decades old problem and the OAS to be brought in to broker negotiations.
All that, and an abrupt Network cut to a comment from Dr. Martin Luther King on Barry Goldwater and news regarding the prospects for who would be running against LBJ in the upcoming 1964 Presidential election as well as news regarding Cyprus and the ever-present Berlin.
Some January 21st’s were just about getting through the day.
- Martin Luther King, in His Own Words (usnews.com)
- US gives tribute to memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. (kansascity.com)