Category Archives: Cold War

Reagan, Gorbachev sign missile treaty 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 8 1987)


Video: 'President Reagan: Signing of the INF Treaty with Premier Gorbachev, December 8, 1987'

(Tuesday, December 8, 1987, 1:45 p.m. EST; during the Washington Summit, part of the Cold War) — With fervent calls for a new era of peaceful understanding, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), the first treaty reducing the size of their nations’ nuclear arsenals, today at the White House. Continue reading Reagan, Gorbachev sign missile treaty 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 8 1987)

America’s first attempt to launch a satellite fails 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 6 1957)


Video: 'Vanguard TV3 Rocket Launch Explosion'

(Friday, December 6, 1957, 16:44:34 UTC; during the Cold War) — America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit around the Earth failed today as Vanguard TV3 rose about four feet off a Cape Canaveral, Florida, launch pad before crashing down and exploding. Continue reading America’s first attempt to launch a satellite fails 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 6 1957)

Gene McCarthy to challenge LBJ for Democratic nomination 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 30 1967)


Video: 'Vietnam: A Television History - Tet [6/11]' (McCarthy campaigns at 43:30)

(Thursday, November 30, 1967, morning EST; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — In a direct challenge to the renomination of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his administration’s policies on the Vietnam War, U.S. Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota announced his candidacy for the 1968 Democratic Party presidential nomination today in the Senate caucus room on Capitol Hill. Continue reading Gene McCarthy to challenge LBJ for Democratic nomination 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 30 1967)

Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara resigns 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 29 1967)


Video: 'Nov. 29, 1967: Robert McNamara Resigns'

(Wednesday, November 29, 1967, evening EST; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — In the midst of a public relations campaign by the Johnson administration to build support for the Vietnam War, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, one of the war’s primary architects, announced tonight he was resigning to become president of the World Bank, effective in early 1968. Continue reading Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara resigns 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 29 1967)

North Korean agents blow up South Korean airliner in mid-flight 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 29 1987)


Video: '1987, the North Korean Spy who blew up a plane, Korean Air Flight 858'

(Sunday, November 29, 1987, 2:05 p.m. KST)Korean Air Flight 858, a scheduled international passenger flight between Baghdad, Iraq, and Seoul, South Korea, exploded in mid-air today upon the detonation of a bomb planted inside an overhead storage bin in the airplane’s passenger cabin by North Korean agents. Continue reading North Korean agents blow up South Korean airliner in mid-flight 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 29 1987)

Film executives agree to blacklist ‘Hollywood Ten’ 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 25 1947)


Video: 'The Hollywood Ten (1950)'

(Tuesday, November 25, 1947; during the Second Red Scare and the Cold War) — Movie studio executives meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York voted unanimously today to “discharge or suspend without compensation” the ten Hollywood figures who have been cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to testify to the House Un-American Activities Committee. Continue reading Film executives agree to blacklist ‘Hollywood Ten’ 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 25 1947)

‘Hollywood Ten’ cited for contempt of Congress 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 24 1947)


Video: 'Un-American Activities Enquiry (1947)'

(Monday, November 24, 1947; during the Second Red Scare and the Cold War) — The U.S. House of Representatives voted 346 to 17 today to approve citations for contempt of Congress against a group of writers, producers and directors that became known as the “Hollywood Ten” for refusing to tell the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) whether they were members of the Communist party. Continue reading ‘Hollywood Ten’ cited for contempt of Congress 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 24 1947)

Westmoreland sees beginning of end to Vietnam conflict 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 21 1967)


Video: 'Our World Winter 1968 Part 1' (Nov. 21, 1967, at 2:16)

(Tuesday, November 21, 1967; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — General William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces in the Vietnam War, told the National Press Club today in Washington that he is “absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing.” Continue reading Westmoreland sees beginning of end to Vietnam conflict 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 21 1967)

Westmoreland says ‘we are winning’ Vietnam War 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 19 1967)


Video: 'Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War - Uneasy Allies [4/13]' (Nov. 19, 1967, at 28:13)

(Sunday, November 19, 1967, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. EST in New York; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — General William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam, said today on NBC-TV’s Meet The Press news/interview program that American and South Vietnamese forces were “winning a war of attrition.” Continue reading Westmoreland says ‘we are winning’ Vietnam War 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 19 1967)

President Truman demands pay and price controls 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 17 1947)

(Monday, November 17, 1947, at 1:30 p.m. EST; during the Second Red Scare and the Cold War) — President Harry S. Truman, in an address to a special session of Congress, asked Congress today for authority to impose price controls, consumer rationing and wage controls in limited areas of the national economy (click here to listen to Truman’s address). Continue reading President Truman demands pay and price controls 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 17 1947)