Daily Archives: May 24, 2013

Nixon hosts Vietnam POWs at White House 40 years ago this hour (1973)


Video: 'President Nixon Addresses Vietnam POWs at the White House'

(Thursday, May 24, 1973, 6:30 p.m.-2:00 a.m. EDT; during the Vietnam War) — President Richard Nixon honored some 600 former American prisoners of the Vietnam war and their guests tonight at a gala homecoming party held in a giant tent on the South Lawn of the White House. Continue reading Nixon hosts Vietnam POWs at White House 40 years ago this hour (1973)

‘Time to quit making heroes’ out of secrets thieves, Nixon says 40 years ago today (1973)


Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 11' (May 24, 1973, at 10:23)

(Thursday, May 24, 1973; during the Watergate Scandal and the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — Defending the government’s right to keep secrets in the national interest, U.S. President Richard Nixon told nearly 600 returned Vietnam prisoners of war today that it is time “to quit making national heroes out of those who steal secrets and publish them in the newspapers.” Continue reading ‘Time to quit making heroes’ out of secrets thieves, Nixon says 40 years ago today (1973)

Paul McCartney performs first time in Moscow 10 years ago this hour (2003)


Video: 'paul mccartney - concert in the red square in moscow (FULL)'

(Saturday, May 24, 2003, 8:30 p.m. MSK) — Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney performed tonight at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, the 19th stop and 30th performance of his Back in the World tour. Continue reading Paul McCartney performs first time in Moscow 10 years ago this hour (2003)

Brooklyn Bridge dedicated 130 years ago today (1883)


Video: 'The Brooklyn Bridge - Modern Marvels' (May 24, 1883, at 40:35)

(Thursday, May 24, 1883) — The Brooklyn Bridge, linking New York City and Brooklyn by spanning the East River, was dedicated today by President Chester Alan Arthur and New York Gov. Grover Cleveland. With a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m), it was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its (until 1903) and the first steel-wire suspension bridge.

The Beatles perform for debut of ‘Pop Go The Beatles’ on BBC radio 50 years ago this hour (1963)


Audio: 'The Beatles - Pop Go The Beatles Episode 1'

(Friday, May 24, 1963, 2:00-6:00 pm BST) — The Beatles performed this afternoon for the debut of the BBC Light Programme Pop Go The Beatles at Studio 2, Aeolian Hall in London. They performed Pop Go The Beatles, From Me To You, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Do You Want To Know A Secret, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Misery and The Hippy Hippy Shake for broadcast on June 4, 1963, at 5:00 p.m.