Monthly Archives: October 2012

Soviets agree to remove nuclear missiles in Cuba after America pledges not to invade 50 years ago today (1962)


Video: October 28, 1962 (at 6:34)

(Sunday, October 28, 1962, 10:00 a.m. EST, the thirteenth and final day of the Cuban missile crisis, part of the Cold War) — Radio Moscow announced today that the Soviet Union had accepted a proposed solution to end the Cuban Missile Crisis, releasing the text of a letter from Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev affirming that the missiles will be removed in exchange for a non-invasion pledge from the United States. The U.S. also secretly agreed to remove Jupiter missiles that had been placed in Turkey near its border with the U.S.S.R. Continue reading Soviets agree to remove nuclear missiles in Cuba after America pledges not to invade 50 years ago today (1962)

CBS News elevates Watergate story with special report 40 years ago this hour (1972)


Video: Oct. 27, 1972

(Friday, October 27, 1972, 7:00 p.m. EDT, during the Watergate scandal) — At the insistence of anchorman Walter Cronkite, The CBS Evening News featured a fifteen-minute segment tonight on the Watergate affair, the first part of a full-scale report. Continue reading CBS News elevates Watergate story with special report 40 years ago this hour (1972)

Earliest surviving recorded interview of The Beatles conducted 50 years ago today (1962)


Audio: 'Oct. 27, 1962

(Saturday, October 27, 1962, 8:45 p.m. BST) — In the group’s first surviving spoken-word interview, The Beatles were interviewed today at Hulme Hall in Birkenhead, England, for the radio program Sunday Spin, limited to closed-circuit broadcasting in Cleaver and Clatterbridge, two local hospitals, for broadcast the next day.

American U-2 plane shot down by Soviet surface-to-air missile over Cuba 50 years ago this hour (1962)


Video: October 27, 1962 (at 1:55)

(Saturday, October 27, 1962, 11:19 a.m. EDT, day twelve of the Cuban missile crisis, part of the Cold War) — U.S. Air Force Maj. Rudolf Anderson Jr. became the first and only fatality of the Cuban Missile Crisis today when his U-2 airplane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile while he was flying over Cuba. Continue reading American U-2 plane shot down by Soviet surface-to-air missile over Cuba 50 years ago this hour (1962)

‘St. Elsewhere’ debuts on NBC-TV 30 years ago this hour (1982)


Video: St. Elsewhere 'Pilot' (Oct. 26, 1982)

(Tuesday, October 26, 1982, 10:00 p.m. EDT)St. Elsewhere, a medical drama television series set at fictional St. Eligius, a decaying urban teaching hospital in Boston’s South End neighborhood, debuted tonight on NBC-TV. It starred Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd, William Daniels, David Birney, Ed Begley, Jr., Denzel Washington, Bonnie Bartlett, Christina Pickles, Mark Harmon, David Morse, Cynthia Sikes, Howie Mandel, Kim Miyori and Bruce Greenwood.

‘Peace Is at Hand’ in Vietnam, Kissinger says 40 years ago today (1972)


Video: Oct. 26, 1972 (6:32)

(Thursday, October 26, 1972, 11 days before the U.S. presidential election, during the Vietnam War) — Hours after Radio Hanoi broadcast key details of a draft peace agreement, which the South Vietnamese had adamantly rejected a few days before, American presidential advisor Henry Kissinger went on television today and declared “We believe that peace is at hand.” Continue reading ‘Peace Is at Hand’ in Vietnam, Kissinger says 40 years ago today (1972)

Krushchev offers deal to remove Soviet missiles from Cuba 50 years ago today (1962)


Video: October 26, 1962 (at 4:25)

(Friday, October 26, 1962, day eleven of the Cuban missile crisis, part of the Cold War) — A Soviet-chartered freighter is stopped at the quarantine line today and searched for contraband military supplies. None are found and the ship is allowed to proceed to Cuba.

Meantime, ABC News reporter John Scali is approached by Aleksander Fomin of the Soviet embassy staff with a proposal for a solution to the crisis.

Later, a long, rambling letter from Soviet Premier Khrushchev to U.S. President Kennedy makes a similar offer: removal of the missiles in exchange for lifting the quarantine and a pledge that the U.S. will not invade Cuba. Continue reading Krushchev offers deal to remove Soviet missiles from Cuba 50 years ago today (1962)