Category Archives: 1980s

Report: Reagan bears ‘ultimate responsibility’ for wrongdoing in Iran-Contra affair 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 18 1987)


Video: 'Documentary - Behind the Iran Contra Affair'

(Wednesday, November 18, 1987) — The congressional committees investigating the Iran-Contra affair issued their final report today, saying President Ronald Reagan failed to live up to his constitutional mandate to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” and said he bore “the ultimate responsibility” for wrongdoing by his aides. Continue reading Report: Reagan bears ‘ultimate responsibility’ for wrongdoing in Iran-Contra affair 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 18 1987)

’60 Minutes’ profiles ‘patient zero’ Gaëtan Dugas 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 15 1987)


Video: '"Patient Zero" Randy Shilts Interview, 1987 - HIV AIDS'

(Sunday, November 15, 1987, 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST)Gaëtan Dugas, a Canadian flight attendant, was profiled tonight on the CBS newsmagazine television program 60 Minutes as “patient zero” for AIDS epidemic in the United States. Continue reading ’60 Minutes’ profiles ‘patient zero’ Gaëtan Dugas 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 15 1987)

PBS documentary examines abuse of power 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 4 1987)


Video: ‘The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis’

(Wednesday, November 4, 1987, 9:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. EST) — American journalist and political commentator Bill Moyers produced and hosted The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis tonight on PBS-TV, examining the Iran-Contra scandal as the most recent example of the continuing abuse of democratic values by unaccountable intelligence operations during the Cold War. Continue reading PBS documentary examines abuse of power 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 4 1987)

Bush draws foes’ fire in first 1988 GOP presidential debate 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 28 1987)

(Wednesday, October 28, 1987, 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. CST) — The six Republican presidential candidates faced off in their first debate of the 1988 campaign tonight in Houston, and five of them aimed sharp attacks or subtle barbs at Vice President George H.W. Bush, who is far ahead of his adversaries in the public opinion polls. Continue reading Bush draws foes’ fire in first 1988 GOP presidential debate 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 28 1987)