Daily Archives: December 16, 2012

Two escape Alcatraz, one reaches shore 50 years ago tonight (1962)


Video: Scott escapes Alcratraz (at 2:28)

(Sunday, December 16, 1962)John Paul Scott, convicted of bank robbery and the possession of unregistered firearms, tonight became the first person confirmed to have escaped from the prison on Alcatraz Island and to have made it to the California mainland. Continue reading Two escape Alcatraz, one reaches shore 50 years ago tonight (1962)

Kissinger blames Hanoi for breakdown in Vietnam peace talks 40 years ago today (1972)


Video: Dec. 16, 1972 (at 10:36; labeled as Dec. 15)

(Saturday, December 16, 1972, during the Vietnam War) — Henry A. Kissinger said in Washington today the Vietnam peace talks have not yet produced an agreement “that the president considers just and fair” and blamed Hanoi, which he portrayed as pursuing tactics of delay and sudden, inexplicable changes during secret bargaining in Paris that broke off Dec. 13.

Cuban Missile Crisis darkened hope of peace, JFK says 50 years ago today (1962)


Video: 'AFTER TWO YEARS: A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT'

(Sunday, December 16, 1962, evening) — U.S. President John F. Kennedy said today the Cuban Missile Crisis had made a Soviet-American understanding less likely in the foreseeable future. Continue reading Cuban Missile Crisis darkened hope of peace, JFK says 50 years ago today (1962)