Category Archives: 1950s

French airstrip at Dien Bien Phu put out of commission 60 years ago today (Mar 14 1954)

Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 1' (Mar. 14, 1954, at 45:42)

(Sunday, March 14, 1954; during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, part of the First Indochina War) — The Vietminh shelling had destroyed the main airstrip at Dien Bien Phu by today. The French command staff was shocked. Col. Christian de Castries, the French commander, became withdrawn, uncommunicative. Continue reading

Army says McCarthy ‘pulled rank’ for aide 60 years ago today (Mar 11 1954)

(Thursday, March 11, 1954; during the Second Red Scare) — The U.S. Army charged today that Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, a Republican from Wisconsin, and his subcommittee’s chief counsel, Roy Cohn, had exerted pressure to obtain favored treatment for Pvt. G. David Schine, a former consultant to the subcommittee. The confrontation culminated in the famous Senate Army-McCarthy hearings.