Ibrahim Abdullah – “Just too good to be let off lightly”.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for February 28, 1987
News for this February 28th in 1987 was about the surprising turn of events in a Paris court, for the trial of terrorist suspect Ibrahim Adbullah. Convinced Abdullah would be given a light sentence, since the Defense argued he was a “little guy” in various bombing plots around Paris and complicity in the murder of American Diplomat Nicholas Ray. But the court surprised everyone by giving Abdullah the maximum; life in prison.
In other news closer to home – The White House announced a new Chief of Staff. Senator Howard Baker was appointed by President Reagan to replace outgoing (read: fired) Chief of Staff Donald Regan. The appointment was met with bi-partisan approval. It capped a tense 48 hours, with the release of The Tower Report on Iran-Contra and an angry outgoing statement from Regan. A sigh of relief was audibly heard on Capitol Hill.
The beach along Jacksonville, was the scene of an 18 mile long oil spill off the coast of Florida from a ruptured Freighter fuel tank. The slick extended some 30 miles up and down the coast, making for the worst oil spill in a decade in the area.
And it was the one year anniversary since the assassination of Swedish Prime Minster Olaf Plame, shot to death on a Stockholm street and tossing the entire country of Sweden into a state of shock and disbelief.
And that’s some of what went on this 28th day of February in 1987, as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: JFK Address to AFL-CIO Convention – Dec. 7, 1961
President Kennedy addressed the annual convention of the AFL-CIO in Miami Florida on December 7, 1961. The subject was employment, the current state of the economy, trade and the imbalance. The threat of job losses due to the trade imbalance, and education.
And a phrase that needs to be repeated on an almost daily basis:
President Kennedy: “Thomas Jefferson once said ‘If you expect a country to be ignorant and free, you expect something that never was and never will be’.”
Something we seem to have lost sight of in recent years.
Here is that complete address.
In 1956, Women made up over 55% of the U.S. electorate.
Click on the link here for Audio Player:Post-Election 1956
The 1956 Presidential election was interesting in that Eisenhower won a landslide victory, yet both the House and Senate remained in control of the Democrats and that left the Republicans scratching their collective heads.
It’s been said that it was the 1956 election that began the Republican swing to the far right – one that would make its presence known in the 1962 off-year election, and certainly with the 1964 election.
But in 1956, as in last night, there was a goodly amount of soul-searching on the part of the Republicans as to just what was the party’s future.
And there was also the acknowledgment that well over half the electorate in 1956 were Women. And that was a force to be reckoned with. They liked Ike, but weren’t too crazy about the other guys.
Here is a postmortem, a sum-up of the election of 1956, as presented on the New World Program over NBC Radio on November 11, 1956.
Interesting insights and harbingers for the future – if anyone cared to notice.
Kennedy-Nixon – The Day after Debate Number 3 – Homestretch.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Oct. 24, 1960 – Eyewitness To History – 1960 Election
With the third Debate over the previous night, October 24th was the home stretch for the 1960 Presidential Campaign. As a recap of the race to the White House, CBS News ran a documentary on where the John F. Kennedy/Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon/Henry Cabot Lodge campaigns stood in the final days before the election.
It’s a fascinating contrast to the 2012 Political season. One that gives some indication elections weren’t always the way they are now.
And that’s not a good thing.
So if you were around on this day in 1960, this is what you’d undoubtedly be hearing via mainstream media.
And even that was different.
Editors note: As was pointed out to me by one of my trusted and eagle-eyed readers, I made the grave mistake of taking the recording date on the tape box at face value. It said the date was October 24, 1960 – as my friend pointed out, the actual broadcast date was October 14th, 1960. My apologies to readers/listeners who thought this was the right date, but it was in fact, ten days earlier. Sorry for the screw-up.
Even in 1956 it was confusing.
Click on the link here for Audio layer: Picking A President – Oct. 1968
Pres. Eisenhower: “The National Convention today is brought to every home in the United States by television, and now even more significant, by Early Bird and Telstar, those pictures are going to nations all over the civilized world.
Now, what do we see? We see a picture of confusion, of noise, of impossible deportment; of indifference toward the subjects that are being discussed from the platform, and in short, a thing that if it happened into a business trustee meeting, you’d be horrified.
Well I think that most of the United States is horrified by what it sees of these conventions.”
Interesting when you think former President Eisenhower was talking about the 1964 Presidential Conventions. By 1968 it was already out of control. The whole Election process seemed to be a runaway train.
From October 17, 1968 NBC Radio ran as part of it’s monthly documentary series Second Sunday, “Picking A President”.
I can’t imagine what they would have to say about our system now.
Gloria Steinem – in 1970, one of the pivotal figures in one of the greatest social upheavals of all time. Still going on.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Gloria Steinem Interview – Oct. 25, 1970
In case you forgot just how long the struggle for Womens rights has gone on in this country, I ran across this interview with Gloria Steinem, done for a local New York TV Station on October 25, 1970. At the time, “Women’s Lib” was new and mainstream media were twisting themselves in knots trying to figure out what to do over this Tsunami of change. The interviewer (who is not identified, I’m sorry to say), is still very much of the “old school” and has trouble asking questions that don’t come off as simply silly. He tries to “be on her side”, but when he asks about the future of the Midi-skirt and whether or not she’s married, you get the feeling he’s just as confused over this social upheaval as many people were at the time. But you also get the feeling Steinem knew exactly what to expect, and it’s another example why Gloria Steinem was, and still is, highly regarded and widely respected and was such an eloquent spokesperson for the Women’s Movement even from the beginning.
Strangely, in the 42 years since this interview, the arguments and issues that are framing the current Presidential election seem to be almost identical to the ones then.
And as far as progress goes, that’s pretty depressing.
Had we known . . . .
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Checkers – 1952
Sixty years ago today, on September 23, 1952, vice-Presidential candidate Senator Richard Nixon was fighting for his political life amid charges of misusing campaign contributions, secret bank accounts and dirty tricks. So much were the allegations that it was advised Eisenhower dump the nefarious running mate and look for someone else.
In his defense, Nixon dragged out the kitchen sink, or in this case, the family dog. Checkers was a Cocker Spaniel given to the Nixon family and slated to go down in history as the first victim of campaign shenanigans. That, and Pat Nixon‘s “Republican Cloth Coat”.
It pulled on enough heart strings so that Eisenhower was persuaded to keep Nixon on the ticket and save his political career.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Here is that address, given to the nation on September 23, 1952 – on radio, TV and everywhere else.
And sixty years later . . .
FDR – Labor Day in a precarious time.
Click on the link here for audio player: FDR – Labor Day Address – 1941
A casual reminder on this Labor Day of what the state of Labor was in wartime. Although we weren’t in it yet, our active role in World War 2 was a little over 90 days away and we were living in precarious times.
Here is President Roosevelt’s Address to the Nation on Labor Day, 1941.