Category Archives: Cold War

Congress investigates Communists in Hollywood 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 20 1947)


Video: 'Hollywood 'Red' Probe, HUAC Hearings Begin 1947/10/20'

(Monday, October 20, 1947, 10:30 a.m. EST; during the Second Red Scare and the Cold War) — The House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings today in Washington, D.C., into alleged Communist influence and infiltration in the U.S. motion picture industry. Continue reading Congress investigates Communists in Hollywood 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 20 1947)

‘Stop the Draft Week’ begins in 30 American cities 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 16 1967)


Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 10' (Oct. 21, 1967, at 12:01)

(Monday, October 16, 1967; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — “Stop the Draft Week” was launched today in front of the induction centers of 30 American cities, by thousands of people protesting against the Vietnam War. Continue reading ‘Stop the Draft Week’ begins in 30 American cities 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 16 1967)

Outer Space Treaty enters into force 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 10 1967)


Video: 'The President: October 1967. MP889.' (Oct. 10, 1967, at 12:25)

(Tuesday, October 10, 1967, 11:25 a.m. EDT; during the Cold War) — The Outer Space Treaty, prohibiting the placing of weapons of mass destruction on the moon or elsewhere in space, took effect today at a ratification ceremony held at the East Room of the White House. Continue reading Outer Space Treaty enters into force 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 10 1967)

Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara executed 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 9 1967)


Video: 'The True Story of Che Guevara (Full Documentary)' (Guevara captured, killed at 1:13:21)

(Monday, October 9, 1967, 1:10 p.m. BOT; during the Cold War) — Marxist revolutionary guerrilla leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara, 39, was summarily executed today by the Bolivian army (by order of President René Barrientos), one day after his capture in the El Yuro Ravine near La Higuera, a small village located in the province of Vallegrande. Continue reading Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara executed 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 9 1967)

Johnson urges public to press for tax increase 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 6 1967)


Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 10' (Oct. 6, 1967, at 16:58)

(Friday, October 6, 1967, 12:24 p.m. EDT; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — At the height of the Vietnam War and his war on poverty at home, President Lyndon Johnson asked today for public pressure to help him get a tax increase and challenged Congress to face that unpleasant task “reasonably, not politically.” Continue reading Johnson urges public to press for tax increase 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 6 1967)

‘Space Age’ begins as Soviets launch Sputnik 1 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 4 1957)


Video: '1957 - First Satellite in Space (Sputnik)'

(Friday, October 4, 1957; 19:28:34 UTC) — The Soviet Union today (Oct. 5, 1957, at the launch site) launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome, a spaceport located in southern Kazakhstan, inaugurating the Space Age. Continue reading ‘Space Age’ begins as Soviets launch Sputnik 1 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 4 1957)

Pete Seeger censored on ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 10 1967)


Video: 'Pete Seeger - Wimoweh & Flowers Gone'

(Sunday, September 10, 1967, 9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — The CBS television network censored tonight’s second season premiere of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour by editing out the performance of Pete Seeger’s antiwar song “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy”, taped Sept. 1, 1967, citing the closing verse as a direct insult at President Lyndon Johnson. Continue reading Pete Seeger censored on ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 10 1967)

Ex-East German chief gets six years for deaths at Wall 20 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 25 1997)


Video: 'The 50 days of Egon Krenz(english) - ZDF History - 2016'

(Monday, August 25, 1997)Egon Krenz, the last hard-line Communist leader of East Germany, was convicted today in Berlin of manslaughter for the shooting deaths of people trying to cross the Berlin Wall during the Cold War and sentenced to six years in prison. Continue reading Ex-East German chief gets six years for deaths at Wall 20 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 25 1997)

First U.S. Marine to be tried for spying convicted 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 21 1987)


Video: '007-Rachel Kennedy-Clayton Lonetree'

(Friday, August 21, 1987, evening EDT; during the Cold War) — Sgt. Clayton J. Lonetree became the first U.S. Marine to be convicted of spying against the United States as he was found guilty tonight in Quantico, Virginia, of passing secrets to the KGB. Continue reading First U.S. Marine to be tried for spying convicted 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 21 1987)

Katzenbach defends U.S. actions in Vietnam 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 17 1967)


Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 10' (August 17, 1967, at 10:47)

(Thursday, August 17, 1967; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — Under Secretary of State Nicholas Katzenbach said today that Congress had authorized President Lyndon Johnson “to use the armed forces of the United States in whatever way was necessary” when it passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution in August 1964. Continue reading Katzenbach defends U.S. actions in Vietnam 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 17 1967)