Daily Archives: April 3, 2013

Kennedy says 9,000 Russian personnel have left Cuba 50 years ago this hour (1963)


Video: 'President John F. Kennedy's 53rd Press Conference (April 3, 1963)'

(Wednesday, April 3, 1963, 4:00 p.m. EST; during the Cold War) — U.S. President John F. Kennedy says 9,000 Soviet troops and technical experts have left Cuba since November, about 4,000 of them within the past six weeks.

Expressing hope of further withdrawals, Kennedy told his news conference today that a rough calculation indicates about 12,000 to 13,000 Soviet citizens remain in Cuba. Continue reading Kennedy says 9,000 Russian personnel have left Cuba 50 years ago this hour (1963)

The Beatles perform for BBC radio’s ‘Easy Beat’ 50 years ago this hour (1963)


Audio: '# 12. The Beatles - (BBC Radio, "Easy Beat" # 1, April 7, 1963)' (recorded Apr. 3, 1963)'

(Wednesday, April 3, 1963, 8:30-9:45 p.m. BST) — The Beatles recorded an appearance tonight for the BBC Light Programme Easy Beat at Playhouse Theatre, London. They performed “From Me To You,” for broadcast on Apr. 7, 1963 from 10:31 to 11:30 a.m.

Nixon secretly pledges to respond with full force if communists violate Vietnam cease-fire agreement 40 years ago today (1973)


Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 11' (Apr. 2-3, 1973, at 7:41-8:52)

(Tuesday, April 3, 1973; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — U.S. President Richard Nixon and South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu threatened “vigorous reactions” against Communist cease-fire violations today as Nixon promised substantial postwar economic aid for South Vietnam. Continue reading Nixon secretly pledges to respond with full force if communists violate Vietnam cease-fire agreement 40 years ago today (1973)

TV Guide published for the first time 60 years ago today (1953)

(Friday, April 3, 1953)TV Guide, a weekly American magazine with listings of TV shows, was published for the first time today, with 10 editions and a circulation of 1,562,000.

The cover featured a photograph of Lucille Ball’s newborn son Desi Arnaz, Jr. A small photo of Lucy was also placed in the top corner under the title of the issue which read: “Lucy’s $50,000,000 baby.”