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July 11, 1951 - Ever Hopeful.

News of the day for July 11, 1951 - Korean War Armistice/Ceasfire Talks continue. Fighting continues with casualty count up to 78,726. Cold War news. Soviet purges threatened in satellite countries. Congress debates over Price Controls with Beef Prices taking center stage. Flooding in Kansas threatening to be worst since 1903 and the 250,000th Refugee lands in the U.S. enroute to Wisconsin.

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<strong>U.S. delegation to Ceasefire/Armistice talks. The long road to Square One.</strong>

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Sixty years ago this day we were knee-deep in war, this time Korea. Ceasefire/Armistice talks had just begun with hopeful optimism amidst a flurry of obstacles to tackle on the way to Square One. Even so, it was a start which was good news as during the previous week The Pentagon released casualty reports listing over 164 killed upping the total since June of the previous year to over 78,000.

Meanwhile there were grumblings from Iron Curtain Satellites (namely Bulgaria and Romania) that Soviet style purges were underway. A wave of anti-Semitic activity was going on in Romania over the exodus of Jews leaving for destinations Middle-East. Seems the propaganda was attempting to place the Jewish population in Eastern Europe as being on the side of Hitler during the war (?).

Domestically, Congress was twisted in knots over the Price Controls debate with Beef prices taking center stage. It prompted at least one D.C. restaurant to offer Horsemeat Filets as a not-so-gentle nudge to the warring factions that The Old Grey Mare was starting to look rather tasty.

Flooding in Kansas was threatening to be the worst since 1903 with mass evacuations from suburbs in Topeka to higher ground.

And the 250,000th refugee from World War 2 landed in the U.S. on their way to a farm in Wisconsin.

And so it went this July 11, 1951 as reported on the Edward R. Murrow News with Don Hollenbeck substituting from CBS Radio.

And now you know.

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