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The Lyndon Johnson tapes: Richard Nixon's 'treason'

The Lyndon Johnson tapes: Richard Nixon's 'treason'
22 March 2013Last updated at 14:56 ET By David Taylor Archive On 4 Declassified tapes of President Lyndon Johnson's telephone calls provide a fresh insight into his world. Among the revelations - he planned a dramatic entry into the 1968 Democratic Convention to re-join the presidential race. And he caught Richard Nixon sabotaging the Vietnam peace talks... but said nothing. After the Watergate scandal taught Richard Nixon the consequences of recording White House conversations none of his successors has dared to do it. But Nixon wasn't the first. He got the idea from his predecessor Lyndon Johnson, who felt there was an obligation to allow historians to eventually eavesdrop on his presidency. "They will provide history with the bark off," Johnson told his wife, Lady Bird. The final batch of tapes released by the LBJ library covers 1968, and allows us to hear Johnson's private conversations as his Democratic Party tore itself apart over the question of Vietnam. Charles Wheeler We now know...

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Diary of Soviet ambassador to London rewrites history of World War II Stalin’s terror and purges of the 1930s discouraged any Soviet official from putting a pen to paper, let alone keep a personal diary. The sole exception is the extraordinarily rich journal kept by Ivan Maisky, the Soviet ambassador to London between 1932 and 1943, which I unearthed in the archives of the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow. No personal document of such breadth, value and size has ever emerged from the Soviet archives.

Resistance Inside the Army The abbreviation or acronym RITA (sometimes written in low case, "rita") stands for "Resistance Inside the Army", "Resister Inside the Army", or "Resist! Inside the Army".[1] It was first invented by the American Private Richard (Dick) Perrin, RA 11748246,[2] in September 1967. It was soon widely used to describe "the resistance inside the American military" during the Vietnam War, and up to the present as a concept for similar "Resistance" movements in other armies. The term is also sometimes projected backward historically, to earlier wars when the term did not yet exist, but the phenomenon arguably already did. Such RITA movements distinguish themselves from other components of anti-war movements, such as draft resistance or desertion, by the fact of their activists being soldiers and intending to go on being ones.

DNA Letter Auction: Diagrams Francis Crick Sent To Son In 1953 Up For Auction In New York City NEW YORK -- Sixty years ago scientist Francis Crick wrote a letter to his 12-year-old son saying he and a colleague had discovered something "very beautiful" – the structure of DNA. Now, the note and its hand-drawn diagrams are being auctioned off in New York. Christie's estimates the letter could fetch $1 million or more at the April 10 sale. Crick's letter describes to his son how he and James Watson found the copying mechanism "by which life comes from life." It includes a simple sketch of DNA's double helix structure which Crick concedes he can't draw very well. The seven-page handwritten letter from Francis Crick in Cambridge, England to Michael Crick at his boarding school concludes, "Read this carefully so that you will understand it.

Why doesn't Russia make a big deal about its role in liberating Nazi Holocaust death camps? The documentary Night will Fall tells the story of German Concentration Camps Factual Survey, a film made by the Allied forces who filmed the scenes of the Nazi concentration camps as they liberated them. The film was intended to be shown to the German public immediately after World War II, but could not be finished. The part that was not completed depicted the camps of Majdanek and Auschwitz, liberated by the Soviet Red Army and filmed by Soviet camera crews. The Soviets' role in liberating those camps, and the newsreels they made about them, became problematic for the British team making the documentary as the Soviet Union moved from being seen as a wartime ally to a Cold War adversary. Opposition in the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War Protests against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C., on October 21, 1967 Men on sidewalk watch an anti-Vietnam War protest march in San Francisco, April 1967. In front is a parade marshal.

Long-lost video of Martin Luther King killer James Earl Ray unearthed 4 April 2013Last updated at 20:19 ET The film shows James Earl Ray being marched into a jail cell and later strip searched Long-lost video showing Martin Luther King's killer in police custody has been posted online, 45 years to the day after the civil rights leader's murder. Commemoration of WWII casualties in Belarus On 22 June 2015, the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko opened a new memorial complex at the site of the former extermination camp Maly Trostenets near Minsk. Between 1941 and 1944, German occupants and their helpers interned and killed up to 206,500 people in this camp and in the nearby forest of Blagovshchina. The memorial complex marks the site of the largest extermination camp in German-occupied Soviet territories, but also commemorates victims throughout Belarus and its six oblasty (regions).

Kent State shootings Memorial to Jeffrey Miller, taken from approximately the same perspective as John Filo's famous 1970 photograph as it appears today. The Kent State shootings (also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre)[2][3][4] occurred at Kent State University in the U.S. city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.[5][6] Some of the students who were shot had been protesting against the Cambodian Campaign, which President Richard Nixon announced during a television address on April 30.

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