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Listen to News Junkies from Vurbl Partner Past Daily as they cover authentic broadcasts from Radio Moscow, accounts of 1970s media, and the death of Princess Diana.
Gordon Skene, two-time Grammy Nominee and archivist runs The Gordon Skene Sound Archive and this website, which is dedicated to preserving and encouraging an interest in history and historic news, events, and cultural aspects of our society. Past Daily is the only place on the Inter… Continue Reading >>
Listen to News Junkies from Vurbl Partner Past Daily as they cover authentic broadcasts from Radio Moscow, accounts of 1970s media, and the death of Princess Diana.
Gordon Skene, two-time Grammy Nominee and archivist runs The Gordon Skene Sound Archive and this website, which is dedicated to preserving and encouraging an interest in history and historic news, events, and cultural aspects of our society. Past Daily is the only place on the Internet where you can hear a Nixon speech, listen to an interview with John Cassavettes or play a broadcast of Charles Munch rehearsing the Boston Symphony in 1950, all in the same place. It's living history and it's timeless. << Show Less
June 28, 1978 - A Decision On Bakke - Running Afoul Of The Soviet Press - Trouble In Cambodia. June 28, 1978 – Busy news day and an unexpected one at that. First came news of the purported invasion of Cambodia by Vietnam, with reports saying as many as 60,000-80,000 Vietnamese troops had crossed the border and moved some 40 miles into Cambodia proper, adding a skirmish left a considerable number of Cambodian casualties. It was unclear if this was a full-on invasion or a lead-up or a one-off. In any event, tensions between Cambodia and Vietnam were at an all-time high and this latest incident didn’t appear to be ending any time soon.

In Moscow; arraignment in Soviet court of two American journalists accused on behalf of Soviet State Radio and Television on charges a of spreading untrue allegations regarding dissidents currently being held in Soviet jails. The trial began very quick and matter-of-fact, lasting only fifteen minutes and were told to provide written defenses to the court by Friday and to appear in court for a formal hearing on July 5. The Soviet Press was demanding both correspondents, Craig Whitney of the N.Y. Times and Hal Piper of The Baltimore Sun print retractions of the correspondents offending articles. It was the first time American correspondents were brought before the court for their writings on situations in the Soviet Union.

And while the broadcast was on, news had just come in that the Supreme Court had handed down a decision on much anticipated Bakke vs. University Of California case – the case which overturned Affirmative Action in schools. Allan P. Bakke, an engineer and former Marine officer, sought admission to medical school, but was rejected for admission due in part to his age. Bakke was in his early 30s while applying, and therefore considered too old by at least two institutions. After twice being rejected by the University of California, Davis, he brought suit in state court challenging the constitutionality of the school’s affirmative action program. The California Supreme Court struck down the program as violative of the rights of white applicants and ordered Bakke admitted. The U.S. Supreme Court accepted the case amid wide public attention.

The Supreme Court’s decision in Bakke was announced on June 28, 1978. The justices penned six opinions; none of them, in full, had the support of a majority of the court. In a plurality opinion,[a] Justice Powell delivered the judgment of the court. Four justices (Burger, Stewart, Rehnquist, and Stevens) joined with him to strike down the minority admissions program and admit Bakke. The other four justices (Brennan, White, Marshall, and Blackmun) dissented from that portion of the decision, but joined with Powell to find affirmative action permissible under some circumstances, though subject to an intermediate scrutiny standard of analysis. They also joined with Powell to reverse that portion of the judgment of the California Supreme Court that forbade the university to consider race in the admissions process.

And that’s just a small slice of what happened, t
April 11, 1947 – Striking Telephone Operators, Labor And Industrial Peace – Calling For Korean Independence. Labor troubles: Telephone Operators on Strike in Newark – a blizzard of arrest warrants.
Past Daily: April 5, 1947 - The View From Red Square - Germany And Reparations - Radio Moscow News This broadcast, from April 5, 1947 discusses The Soviet Union's position over the fate of postwar Germany, the issue of reparations, Coal production, and distribution.
Bidault insisted the distribution of coal from Germany be in the hands of an International Organization. Molotov suggested the issue of Coal distribution be held off until agreement had been reached on Germany's economic unity. Molotov pointed out that Germany's coal output was less than half of what it had been before the war and getting their production back up to pre-War levels is more important.
Past Daily: October 7th, 1947 - “This Is Radio Moscow Coming And Here Is The News” Past Daily shares on this day the news was about the Big Four Conference in Moscow and the question of Germany and reparations for the way were discussed.
The Soviet point of view was that Germany owed Russia a lot; more than the other Allies because, in their view, Russia suffered the worst from German invasion - and so it was only fair Russia receive the lions share of whatever reparations could be gotten from Germany. The idea of reunifying Germany was out of the question - any chance, of Germany going back to the way they were in 1939 was a non-starter in any aspect of the Conference talks.
Past Daily: August 31, 1997 - Britain Wakes To The News: Diana, Princess Of Wales August 31, 1997, Britain woke to the news that Princess Diana, along with her companion Dodi Fayad as well as the driver of their Mercedes, had been killed.
As had been an almost routine situation, Diana was being dogged by Paparazzi; photographers who chased after her, hoping for that million dollar photo. Only this time it got out of hand. In the ensuing chase, the Mercedes spun out of control, crashing into a wall at the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris. Diana was rushed to the hospital where she later died from her injuries. The only survivor was bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones.
Past Daily: Viewing The News From Two Pairs Of Glasses - 1977 - Past Daily Reference Room To get an idea of where the Press were in 1977, here is that episode of Options broadcasted on November 25, 1977. Interviews with Chalmers Roberts and Daniel Schorr.
It's a fascinating account of how the Media, as we know it, is not necessarily the Media as it is in reality. I'm not so sure we would be willing to look back at the Watergate era with the degree of nostalgic fondness that we have in recent months. It seems idyllic that reporters and anchors would actively engage in exposing a corrupt Presidency as it had for Richard Nixon. Maybe we've become too overwhelmed with constant breaking stories to notice.
March 17, 1988 - Invading Honduras: "Is This Trip Necessary?" This St. Patrick’s Day in 1988 was greeted with news of another military incursion in Central America – this time it was Honduras with 3,500 U.S. troops busily swarming ashore in what the Reagan White House assured everyone was “a request of the Honduran People“, and that Military spokespersons said the action was “routine”.
March 22, 1991 – Shoot-Downs Over No-Fly Zone – Kurdish Rebels Gain Control In The North – Staving Off Famine In Iraq March 22, 1991 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

March 22, 1991 – news for this day had much to do with the situation in Iraq. Starting with a Pentagon report that an F-15 shot down an Iraqi jet venturing into the No-Fly zone in the north. It was the second such incident this week and may have had some connection with reports that Kurdish rebels were gaining the upper hand in Northern Iraq, with the capture and control of the town of Kirkuk. Initial reports said the shootdowns were in support of U.S. troops in the area. But a closer look revealed U.S. forces were well south of the area in dispute and that the shootdowns were actually in support of Kurdish rebels.

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council was scheduled to meet this day to discuss the possibilities of lifting the U.S. embargo on food shipments to Iraq. As a concession, the Iraqi’s would allow food supplies to be delivered to rebel-held areas in Iraq. The request comes after a visit by Under-secretary General Marty Adasari to Iraq, who conveyed an atmosphere of near-famine in the cities and that Iraq in general seemed to be reduced to a state of near-apocalypse as a result of heavy U.S. bombings.

And with the threat of famine came the real fear of disease as much of the water was deemed undrinkable and it made maintaining cleanliness next to impossible. The situation was deemed to be getting more critical as the Summer months were approaching and the temperatures rising could make epidemics spread rapidly throughout the region.

As a result, relief agencies were stationed in Aman, Jordan readying shipments of food and water as soon as the embargo was lifted.

And that’s just a small sample of what happened on this March 22nd, 1991 as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.

March 23, 1999 – Frustration From Kosovo – A Firing Squad In Cuba – OPEC Cuts Production March 23, 1999 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

March 23, 1999 – News from Kosovo and the word was Frustration. U.S. envoy Richard Holbrook failed in last-ditch diplomacy efforts to stave off NATO’s first-ever airstrikes over Kosovo. Emerging from a two-hour session with Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, Holbrook expressed deep frustration that Milosevic refused to budge on his position. Meanwhile, Serbian troops were continuing their offensive in Kosovo, in an almost jubilant mood as the absence of International monitors took away the last checks on whatever the Serbs were doing. Their intention was to cut a swath through the north of the province, cutting in half the two main strongholds of the Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas who were continuing to fight back but were seeming to lose ground. The big losers were the civilians stuck in the cross-fire, turning into refugees escaping the crossfire. At last count, some 25,000 Kosovo Albanians had been displaced since the weekend, many were still on the move.

The mood back in the U.S. was one of frustration too, as Capitol Hill was divided about committing U.S. forces against the Serbs and about the way President Clinton was handling the crisis. Some complained U.S. involvement was half-hearted and there was no clear plan in mind. Needless to say, Clinton was having a hard time selling his Kosovo policy to Congress. At the same time, Russia was accused of making matters worse by attempting to supply the Yugoslav air force with MIG’s and Pilots. Russia denied the claims.

And it was death by firing squad in Cuba today as a Tribunal handed down the sentence to a Salvadoran man who admitted to a series of hotel bombings. Raoul Ernesto Léon said he was paid $4,500 for each blast and all signs pointed to a group of Florida-based Cuban exiles for funding the series of attacks.

OPEC endorsed a cut in oil production of over 2 million barrels day to last a year. As a result, gasoline prices shot upwards in anticipation of the perceived shortage.

And that’s just a small sample of what happened this March 23rd in 1999 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.

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