On this day in 1964, talk was mostly centered on the Panama Canal crisis and the 1964 Presidential elections.
The Canal crisis, latest in the ever-dwindling popularity of the U.S. in Latin America, was the latest in a series of deadly protests directed at U.S. Foreign Policy and the changing climate and increasing resentment of American presence in the Canal Zone.
Just days earlier, a riot broke out as American students protested Panamanian restrictions on the presence of the U.S. flag in the Canal Zone. The Panamanian government had recently been arguing for less presence of the U.S. and for more control of the Canal Zone and this was the latest in a series of protests aimed at Washington, which resulted in break in diplomatic ties between the two countries. The events of the week left 29 protesters dead and over 70 injured. And a lot of ill-will spread around.
On this episode of ABC Radio's From The Capitol, New York Senator Jacob Javits offered his own plan for a solution to the crisis and it's discussed with a team of reporters.
Also, after the program is the latest from ABC News On The Hour with reports on the upcoming Presidential Primaries for 1964. So stay tuned.
Busy day all around.