Monthly Archives: June 2012

‘The Guiding Light’ debuts on CBS-TV 60 years ago this hour (1952)


Video: '1952: Guiding Light in TV'

(Monday, June 30, 1952, 2:30 p.m. EST) — Meta laments to her sister Trudy that she has left her husband Joe and her step-daughter Kathy hates her on today’s CBS television debut of The Guiding Light, a popular radio program for 15 years now. The soap opera is credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running drama in television history, running 57 years until 2009.

Rommel reaches El Alamein near Alexandria 70 years ago today (1942)


Video: Rommel reaches El Alamein (at 8:15)

(Tuesday, June 30, 1942, part of Western Desert Campaign of World War II) — Following the Battle of Gazala, Field Marshal (Generalfeldmarschall) Erwin Rommel’s Panzer Army Africa today approached the British at an insignificant railway station at El Alamein, 66 miles from Alexandria, in preparation for the First Battle of El Alamein, which would begin tomorrow.

South Vietnamese troops begin counter-offensive to retake Quang Tri Province 40 years ago today (1972)


Video: June 28, 1972 (at 1:39)

(Wednesday, June 28, 1972, during the Easter Offensive, part of the Vietnam War) — The Second Battle of Quang Tri began today when the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) defeated the North Vietnamese at the ancient citadel of Quang Tri and recaptured most of the province. Continue reading South Vietnamese troops begin counter-offensive to retake Quang Tri Province 40 years ago today (1972)

Jury awards John Henry Faulk $3.5 million in libel suit over charges of red links 50 years ago today (1962)


Video: 'Firing Line "Should the House Committee on Un-American Activities Be Abolished?"' (taped Apr. 21, 1966)

(Thursday, June 28, 1962) — A jury in New York awarded $3.5 million to former radio-TV personality John Henry Faulk today in his libel suit against the group AWARE Inc. and two individuals who’d accused him of Communist sympathies and gotten him blacklisted. The judgment was reduced to $550,000 by an appeals court.

Germans launch offensive in southern Russia 70 years ago today (1942)


Video: German offensive begins (at 0:00)

(Sunday, June 28, 1942, part of the Eastern Front of World War II) — Nazi Germany started its strategic summer offensive in southern Russia today against the Soviet Union, codenamed Case Blue, with Fourth Panzer Army starting its drive towards Voronezh.   Continue reading Germans launch offensive in southern Russia 70 years ago today (1942)