Not a good day for the track relay team, but that guy from Louisville was something else.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – News From The 1960 Summer Olympics – NBC Radio – September 3, 1960 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
This week, 53 years ago, Rome was playing host to the 1960 Summer Olympics. In this report, re-capping the events for the day – it was about upbeat results in Swimming, Rowing and Basketball, offsetting the less-than-spectacular results in Track and Field. The U.S. Basketball team beat Yugoslavia 102-42, American Rowers qualified in five events, American swimmer Chris von Saltza won the Women’s 400 meter freestlye while Men’s teams won gold in 400 meter and 800 meter relays. And Light-Heavyweight Cassius Clay won over a Russian in Boxing.
After summing up the previous days activities, the broadcast switches to a live report from Rome during the 800 meter semi-final in Track and Field, where disappointing showings by the U.S. team continue, and another failure to qualify.
All that and a lot more, as reported by future gameshow host Monte Hall over NBC Radio for September 3, 1960.
Our situation in Syria may have more in common with this than with Saddam.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – NPR News – September 5, 1995 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
On this September 5th the world is holding it’s collective breath. On September 5th in 1995 the world was looking at the situation in the region formerly known as Yugoslavia and that nightmare the ensued after the death of Marshal Josip Broz Tito in 1980 – the leader referred to as “the glue that held it all together” – the six republics known as Yugoslavia.
The glue eventually came apart at the seams, the intense settling of scores and the spread of religious factions exploded and turned the entire area into a slice of hell not witnessed since the darkest days of World War 2. Ethnic Cleansing became a new word in our lexicon of shock and horror in the mid-1990s. Killing was on a mass scale.
The U.S. and NATO attempted to broker a peace settlement but fighting continued before the U.S. staged a number of bombing campaigns on Bosnian Serb sites, finally bringing about the Dayton Agreement in December. But that was a ways off.
The news on this day was about the war in Bosnia as relayed by NPR on September 5, 1995.
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Tito in hospital with sons - Smiling, but with panic.