Sixty Years Ago April Sounded Like This - the weeks news for the week ending on April 16th, 1951. HUAC Hearings and the Witch Hunt search for Communists. A U.S. Navy plane is shot down over the Baltic Sea and it intensified the Cold War, Thomas Dewey talks about Foreign Policy. Justice William O. Douglas goes on a book tour and Joe DiMaggio talks about the first day of Baseball.
April 18, 2011

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The Hollywood Ten - Witch Hunt gone wild.


The second, going on third week in April in 1951 was nothing if not dramatic. A U.S. Navy Plane was shot down over the Baltic Sea, with the Soviet Union claiming responsibility. And the Cold War took a turn for the frozen. Domestically, we were knee-deep in witch hunts with the House Un-American Activities Committee taking aim on Hollywood and pulling up ten examples of writers deemed "dangerous to the morals of America" and ruining lives and careers in the process. Former Republican Presidential Candidate and Governor Thomas E. Dewey delivered an address on his version of Foreign Policy. A call for Organized Crime Hearings heated up again with the gangland style murder of a Senator. Justice William O. Douglas hits the book tour circuit. Spanish Dictator General Francisco Franco gave his daughter Carmen away in marriage and that made news all over Europe. Everybody in Hollywood, when they weren't nervous about HUAC, were nervous about Television, especially exhibitors. The days of the Movie Palace were fading and the suspiciously gaudy bowling alley were about to become fact. And Joe DiMaggio had a word or two about the first day of Baseball.

Some week. You no doubt may have missed it the first time around. You don't have to now. Here is the broadcast of Voices and Events for April 16, 1951, all rolled up in a neat little package, bloodstains and all.

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