Another week of alarm, anticipation and memorials. This one from 1979.
The week that ended on September 9th in 1979 had much to do with a potential crisis brewing over, again, Cuba. Reports surfaced that as many as two brigades of Russian troops were stationed on the island, and it brought up visions of 1962, sending alarm signals all through Capitol Hill. But on further study it wasn’t quite clear as to whether the troops had been there for weeks, months or years. But the fact that they were there at all was grounds for deep concern and scrambles for diplomatic explanations and Cold War table thumping.
In another part of the world – the Middle East, talks between Israel’sMenachem Begin and Egypt’s Anwar Sadat were looking hopeful. Not that anyone was letting out the proverbial sigh of relief anytime soon. But it was enough to give a certain pause in the endless stress.
And memorial tributes were still coming in as Lord Mountbatten was finally laid to rest. Mountbatten, a colorful figure and a favorite among the Royal Family in Britain, had been the victim of an IRA bombing two weeks earlier. The shockwaves reverberated all over the UK. The decades long struggle over Northern Ireland once again came front and center.
And that was just a little of what went on this particular September 9th in 1979, as reported over the CBS Radio Network’s World This Week and The CBS Radio Hourly News.
If you’re reading this and were around at the time, you survived.
Even though July 29th came on a Sunday in 1979, there was still enough going on to not call it a slow news day.
For one thing, the prison riot/hostage/stand-off situation at Walpole was continuing, with concerns that one of the four hostages taken was in fact the Warden. The nine inmates, armed with handmade knives were holding the hostages in lieu of negotiations for better conditions in the prison. And the drama marched on.
Elsewhere in the news, the Middle East was continuing in the seemingly endless march towards some sort of settlement with word that Carter-appointed Special envoy Robert Strauss expressed hope the U.S. would be able to bring moderate Palestinians into the peace-talks. Meanwhile, Israeli Defense MinisterMoshe Dayan was scheduled to arrive in Washington to discuss the situation in the Sinai and the replacement of UN Peacekeeping troops in the region. Meanwhile, the Egyptian Defense Minister Kamal Hassan Ali, in Israel for talks, decided to go on a sight-seeing tour of Tel-Aviv. Bedlam lived up to its name.
Back home – a forest fire raging in Southern California had finally been contained, but not before burning some 2,000 acres of timberland in the San Bernardino area.
And that’s just a little of what went on, this July 29, 1979 as reported by Deborah Potter on the CBS Radio Hourly News.
A blast of Americana in Stockholm tonight with BrooklynPsych-Meisters Grizzly Bear doing a session for Sveriges Radio on June 17th.
Around since 2002 and picking up a large and loyal following, and a fan base that includes such luminaries as Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead, Grizzly Bear have firmly cemented themselves as one of the best new American bands around (if being around since 2002 can be considered “new”). Currently on a big tour that’s taking them everywhere from L.A. to Ireland and points all over Europe, Grizzly Bear are still breaking new ground and gaining new fans.
This session tonight, and the enthusiastic reception they got in Stockholm is further evidence they’re on to something.
If you aren’t familiar with them . . . . .hit the link above and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Never any shortage of scandal where Capitol Hill is concerned, and this April 30th in 1979 was no different. The Senate Ethics Committee was getting ready to hold hearings on violations by Georgia Senator Herman Talmadge and abuses of power, campaign funds and a file cabinet full of other embarrassments. Even before the hearings were underway, there were some in the Senate pondering censure of Talmadge, the first such move since 1967. Still, witnesses were lined up, including one very vengeful ex-wife who promised she was going to ruin his career. Who needs soap operas?
Meanwhile, the White House was readying for a visit by Japanese Prime Minister Ohira and the inevitable hot-button topic of Trade. Some on Capitol Hill threatened a Trade Barrier War if Japan didn’t lighten up on their policy of prohibiting competitive trade with American goods.
The long awaited arrival of Soviet Jews in Israel finally became a reality as 7 former dissidents got off the plane in Tel-Aviv.
The first Israeli-flagged ship sailed into the Suez Canal; the first time an event like this took place. Further evidence relations were warming between Cairo and Tel-Aviv. But Iran took a different tack and severed diplomatic relations with Egypt in retaliation. Seems you just can’t please everybody.
Back home – a Teamster Vote to settle the long Steel Haulers Strike was getting ready to take place.
In Ecuador, elections were held and it seems the Military-backed Junta were on their way out.
And the Red River was flooding its banks in Winnipeg, sending flood waters and threats of destruction each hour.
All that, and a whole lot more via this edition of The CBS World News Roundup for April 30, 1979.
Nobody ever said history was dull – not by a long shot.
But for the most part, it was about an Israeli Commando raid in Beirut in previous days and the killing of several PLO figures. This day saw a mass funeral for the 8 leaders with thousands of protestors lining the funeral procession, along with the increased anxiety over any kind of peaceful settlement in the region anytime soon.
Towards the end of the broadcast, a bulletin regarding a mid-air collision between a NASA Research plane and a Navy patrol plane in California – killing some 16 crew members with only one survivor, reportedly in critical condition.
And so went this April 12th in 1973, as reported by The NBC Nightly News and David Brinkley’s Journal.
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.
News for this day in 1987 started with the storm of protest over a U.S. proposal for a hostage-for-prisoner swap that included 8 Americans and one Israeli in exchange for Palestinians being held by Israel.
No, the Israeli’s weren’t going to go for it and thousands of protesters stormed the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem to let their feelings be known. Back to the drawing boards, even though the idea held possibilities.
Also on this day was another get-together of The Tower Commission, to fact-find on the Iran-Contra scandal.
And in Iran, rallies took place to celebrate the eighth anniversary of toppling the regime of The Shah. Chants of “Death To America” were a foregone conclusion in the streets of Tehran. Rumors and denials of bombings of the Iranian Capitol by Iraqi Military jets came, despite observations of Iraqi planes overhead. Iran Radio claimed the sound everyone heard was anti-aircraft fire and nothing on the ground was hit.
In The Philippines, President Corazon Acquino signed a newly approved and overwhelmingly endorsed by the voters Constitution and declared it in force.
And there was universal praise of the Soviet Government for their announcement of the release of over 140 dissidents, locked up in labor camps. Even though some thought there might be some strings attached, it was still seen as a positive step by the Gorbachev government.
And the Oscar Nominations were announced on this day in 1987 – Platoon and A Room With A View grabbing the most nods with 8 nominations each. Also receiving nominations were Hannah And Her Sisters, The Mission and Children Of A Lesser God.
And that’s how this day rolled, February 11, 1987 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.