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Hoover Accepts Republican Nomination

The hour long speech delivered by President Herbert Hoover after receiving the nomination of the Republican Party for a second term. He details the steps he had taken to relieve the consequences of the Great Depression.

Franklin D Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address

This is a recording of FDR's speech after his inauguration as president on 3 March 1933. It includes his famous line that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself".

Roosevelt's Fireside Chat on the Banking System

The first of many of Roosevelt's direct addresses to the American people. This broadcast focused on Roosevelt's actions regarding the banking system.

FDR Fireside Chat -- Introducing the New Deal

Just two months into his presidency, Roosevelt delivered this address to outline his plan to combat the Great Depression.

Churchill and the Nazi Threat

In this speech, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill describes Nazi motivation and the threat the Hitler regime poses to the UK and the world.

Huey P. Long Speech of 2 May 1935

This broadcast speech by Senator Huey P. Long of Louisiana details his plans for redistribution of wealth as a means of battling the Great Depression. His opposition to the policies of President Roosevelt is quite evident.

Edward VIII Abdication Speech

This is the address given by Edward VIII after his abdication.

March of Time -- 18 January 1937

An installment of the popular radio newsreel, The March of Time, which reported on recent news events.

Hindenburg Disaster

Coverage of the crash of the Hindenburg dirigible at Lakehurst, New Jersey.

Marconi Memorial

A special program broadcast after the death of Guglielmo Marconi, who is considered by many to be the inventor of radio.

Europe After Invasion of Austria

This is a CBS news program covering events in Europe in response to the German invasion of Austria.

Chamberlain Returns From Munich

This is a portion of the speech Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain gave upon his arrival from the Munich Conference.

Dawn of A New Day

his march was written by George and Ira Gershwin for the 1939 New York Worlds Fair and recorded by Horace Heidt And His Musical Knights.

Roosevelt Opens the New York World's Fair

This is an audio recording of President Roosevelt's speech at the opening of the New York World's Fair on 30 April 1939.

We Shall Fight on the Beaches

In this speech, Churchill had to describe a great military disaster, and warn of a possible invasion attempt by Nazi Germany, without casting doubt on eventual victory. It concludes with the famous quote, "We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."

French Surrender to Germany

Radio coverage of the signing of the armistice between France and Germany.

Churchill -- Their Finest Hour

An excerpt from the famous speech by Prime Minister Winston Churchill just before the Battle of Britain, in which he statement "if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour."

Attack on Pearl Harbor

Flash bulletin announcing the Japanese attack on Hawaii.

Roosevelt Addresses Congress

President Franklin D Roosevelt's famous 'date that will live in infamy' speech to Congress, asking for a declaration of war against Japan.

D Day

This first of two news reports covering the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

D Day News

An installment of Crisco's News program continuing coverage of the D Day invasion.

Roosevelt Dies

Radio report of the death of Franklin D Roosevelt.

Hitler Dead

MBS radio report announcing that Hitler is dead.

VE Day Special Victory Program

This special broadcast by the Armed Forces Radio Service was to celebrate victory in Europe.

Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima

President Truman's announcement that an atomic bomb had been dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Newsreel Digest -- 6 Feb 1950

Broadcast of the Newsreel Digest Program produced by the Mutual Broadcasting System for 6 Feb 1950

MacArthur Farewell

An excerpt of General Douglas MacArthur's farewell speech before a joint session of Congress.

Eisenhower Inauguration

Radio news coverage of the first inauguration of Dwight D Eisenhower.

Eisenhower Farewell Address

This is President Dwight D Eisenhower's farewell address to the nation in advance of John F Kennedy's inauguration three days later.

Kennedy Inauguration

John F Kennedy's inaugural address.

Berlin Divided by Wall

This CBS news report describes the state of East Berlin on the morning after the Wall went up.

CBS Presents

This CBS program, produced a few months after the construction of the Berlin Wall, describes life in East Germany.

John Glenn Flight

This short clip includes coverage of the historic flight of John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth.

Cuban Missile Crisis

An NBC Radio report about the ongoing missile crisis involving Soviet missiles in Cuba.

Diem Overthrown and Assassinated

South Vietnamese President Diem was overthrown and executed on 2 Nov 1963 in a military coup that many believe was orchestrated by the United States. This brief radio report announces the event.

Kennedy Assassination

Continuous coverage of the assassination from KLIF radio in Dallas.

Alaska Earthquake

An ABC Special Report on the devastating earthquake that hit Alaska in 1964.

Apollo Fire

Coverage of the fire on the Apollo launchpad that killed three astronauts in January 1967.

Martin Luther King The Aftermath

A CBS Special Report broadcast on the day after Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in Memphis.

Robert F Kennedy Assassination

Continuous early coverage of the hour following the shooting of Senator Robert F Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on 5 June 1968.

Apollo 11 Moon Landing

CBS Radio coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing on 20 July 1969.

Apollo 12 Landing

This is the ABC Radio coverage of the Apollo 12 lunar landing in November 1969.