Waiting outside the White House – Where every sigh and eye-roll was scrutinized for hidden meanings.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – 11 o’clock news and News of The World – August 12-13, 1945 – NBC Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
A day where nerves were fried and attention spans were stuck outside the White House. With just hours away from unconditional surrender, speculation had run rife, along with rumors, false surrender reports, and last minute bulletins on progress of talks aiming at ending hostilities in the Pacific.
Every piece of news was treated with utter urgency, and despite many false alarms the past several days, one of those reports was bound to be right sooner or later.
And Russia got into it at the last minute, driving deep into Manchuria.
But everything was hinged on the Japanese acceptance of the Allies surrender terms and the request from the Japanese government that the Emperor retain his position was flatly turned down by Washington – it was unconditional surrender or no surrender at all.
So while the world waited for word, fighting was still going on. With the Russian army making sweeping gains throughout the formerly occupied China, there was still action in the Pacific to contend with. And casualties were still taking place and ships were still being sunk.
So against the backdrop of imminent announcement, the rest of the world was patiently holding its collective breath.
And that’s how this day, and the next went via the 11:00 pm News wrapup for August 12th and the 9:00 am Morning News Roundup for August 13th, 1945.
The First Lady and Thai Dancers – credulity was strained.
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Not nearly as dire as the headline might indicate. Still, May 2nd 1986 saw President Reagan arrive in Tokyo for talks with Prime Minister Nakasone, amid a police presence of some 30,000 and not a whole lot of fanfare over what many considered to be testy talks on Trade. Meanwhile, First Lady Nancy Reagan was scouring Southeast Asia in search of support for her “Just Say No” drug pronunciamento.
And all was not looking good for the aftermath of the Chernobyl Disaster, as radiation levels were hitting alarming spikes all over Europe, indicating those billowy white clouds, laden with radioactivity were inching Westward.
And The Sanctuary Movement, a Methodist Church-based group pledged to help refugees from Central America land in the U.S. was slapped in the face with a wet, stinky towel by the Feds who said they were in the business of “smuggling illegal aliens”. Stiff sentences were handed down to the group of Priests and Nuns based on evidence gathered by a real-life smuggler who traded his stiff sentence for a pat on the head by infiltrating the group and turning over what was alleged to be “damning proof” this bunch were up to no good.
And life lumbered on, with all this and more as reported by The CBS World News Roundup, this May 2nd, 1986.
At first passed off as nothing – but the geiger counters said something different.
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April 29, 1986 was a day the true nature of how disastrous it was wouldn’t be known for weeks and months later. On this April 29th, amid vehement denials to the contrary, one of the worst Nuclear Power Plant disasters occurred in the Ukraine region of Russia.
Initially reported as a “minor accident” with only two plant personnel killed, alarming levels of radiation were being recorded all over Europe, with the epicenter of the leaks coming from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
With Radio Moscow sticking to their initial report of 2 deaths, other sources were revising the figure upwards to at least 2,000, with just how widespread nuclear contamination was, completely unknown at the time.
All of this was enough to overshadow most other news events, including President Reagan‘s visit to Thailand, and a devastating fire had swept the historic Los Angeles Central Library.
All eyes, on this particular day in 1986, were pointing eastward, as reported on The World Tonight from CBS Radio on April 29, 1986.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for April 5, 1976
News for this day in 1976 had, among other things, much to do with Secretary Of State Henry Kissinger and the ruffling of feathers in the Middle East, most notably the Israelis.
Secretary Kissinger was confronted by a Jewish-American resolution in Congress, accusing him and the Ford Administration of a “breach of faith” with Israel in respect to armed supplies and continuing aid. Kissinger went on the defensive, quickly reassuring those members of Congress that the U.S. had no intention of giving Israel short shrift in the area of support and aid. Familiar sounding words, to those members of Congress – but the bigger picture was his pending vacancy, which the Ford Administration hinted would be up and not renewed by the end of the year. That was assuming Ford would still be in the White House, come January 1977.
And that was another whole can of news for this day – the 1976 Presidential Elections. With Democratic candidate quipping to press that he might like living in the White House, come January. Meanwhile, the Ford and Reagan slug fest was taking the day off.
Overseas, the concern was over nuclear contamination in the Soviet Union’s Submarine service. Seems there had been widespread reports of nuclear waste leaking on board the subs, and crews suffering from radiation sickness as the result. And the concern was the spread of contamination at ports in Cuba and the middle east servicing the subs. Fighting in Lebanon was continuing, despite a truce being declared between rival factions. The truce, on this day, was carrying a death toll of some 130.
And that’s just a bit of what went on, via these hourly reports from NBC Radio News for April 5, 1976.
3-Mile Island – The presumption that Ignorance Was Bliss backfired.
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The true seriousness of the day wasn’t really known for almost 24 hours after the initial event occurred. The Nuclear Power Plant accident at 3-Mile Island on March 28, 1979 began at 4:00 in the morning and almost instantly there was a scramble to pretend nothing was wrong.
So the news of the day began innocently enough – and there was plenty of other events going on so that this accident got shoved into the background, at least for several hours. News of the upcoming Supreme Court hearings on the question of reverse discrimination, which could have an effect on the whole Affirmative Action program. News that OPEC was raising the price of crude oil, and the cause for concern was a possible rationing of gas in the U.S.
Generally, your typical Spring day in 1979.
And then those reports started coming in – the questions started up, and the lack of answers came along with them.
Slowly the picture was developing, but not until that evening, and many hours after that, did the public begin to realize something serious was taking place in Pennsylvania. And as questions persisted, denials and recants became the story of the day.
And that’s what transpired on this particular March 28th in 1979 as reported on The CBS World News Roundup, reports from KNX-AM, Los Angeles – Newsbreak and The World Tonight.
History slowly and reluctantly unfolding.
” . . . .and rising”.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Jan. 23, 1937 – Ohio River Floods
This day in 1937 was horrific if you lived anywhere near the Ohio River. Rains continued without stop and flood waters continued to rise. The devastation was widespread and the numbers of homeless were growing by the minute.
In an effort to keep the public informed, that relatively new medium of radio was called on to report the disaster as it was happening and to act as a public service to people in the affected areas.
This was one of the first instances of on-the-spot reporting done by radio. The speed by which reports and warnings were given probably saved countless lives in the process. And even though the rising waters were knocking some stations off the air, it still provided an essential service and kept the rest of the country informed, and glued to their seats.
Just another January 23rd in history, as told by a group of radio stations all along the NBC Radio network as it was happening.
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