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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

August 23, 1960: "Red Guerrillas," Russian in a Caddy, Test-Ban Talks, Congo Cools, Ike on Aged Care, Debates OK'd, Cubs Sue, Mrs. Powers and Broadway

These are some of the stories that appeared in newspapers on this day in 1960: ... In San Jose, Costa Rica, the U.S. accused Cuba of training "Red Guerrillas," as one paper put it, "to spread the Communist revolution throughout Latin America." ... The new Soviet ambassador to Cuba pulled up to the presidential palace "in a big black Cadillac" and presented his credentials in an elaborate ceremony. ... In Tunis, Algerian rebels sought to put their issue before the United Nations, spurning direct negotiations with France. ... In Geneva, US-Soviet talks on a possible treaty to ban the testing of nuclear weapons went into a five-week recess with the United States warning that the negotiations could not be allowed to drag on indefinitely. ... In Leopoldville, capital of the Congo, Premier Patrice Lumumba moderated his antagonism against the United Nations. It was considered, in one report, to be "a striking departure from the threats of the last few days." ... In Washington, the Eisenhower administration gave limited support to legislation in Congress that would assist some of the aged with medical care. ... Also in Washington, the House approved a bill that suspends certain Federal equal-time provisions. The change clears the way for televised debates between the presidential candidates. The bill now goes to the White House where President Eisenhower is expected to sign it. ... In Doylestown, Penna., it was reported that Oscar Hammerstein II, the Broadway writer and producer, was dead at 65. ... In Chicago, the Chicago Cubs and their pitcher, Jim Brewer, sued Billy Martin, the "hot-tempered second baseman" for the Cincinnati Reds. On Aug. 4 at Wrigley Field Martin punched Brewer in the face after the pitcher apparently hit him with a pitch. ... In Moscow, "Mrs. Francis Gary Powers" sought a meeting with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to plead her husband's case. The U-2 spy-plane pilot was sentenced August 19 to 10 years in prison for espionage. ...


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