Intro to the Events of 1959

Published: 1959
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Announcer: The news cavalcade of 1959, produced by United Press International.

This is a sound of 1959: music, but music of a special kind.

Music from Red Square, Moscow, the Red Army Band playing the Russian national anthem, a stand-up signal for that part of the world ruled by Communism.

Announcer: And the measured tones of the clock in the Kremlin Wall, another sound recorded by a reporter for United Press International standing in Red Square, at a time when the United States was trying to penetrate Russian understanding and trying to promote the peace of the world by staging an American Fair in Moscow.

Bob Hewitt: "This is Bob Hewitt of United Press International. News is a record of events which affect men everywhere. It comes to you in many ways. Many times it comes in answer to the question, 'What did the man say?' 'How did it sound to you?' And here for the cavalcade of year 1959 is the news of the day just gone: accents unmistakable; sounds of a moment in history; voices easily remembered. Like the voice of John Foster Dulles, who left us forever during the year."

John Foster Dulles: "We are resolved that our position in, and access to, West Berlin shall be preserved."

Bob Hewitt: Nikita Khrushchev's Slavic tongue.

Premier Nikita Khrushchev: "(Russian.)"

Bob Hewitt: A Governor of Louisiana.

Governor Earl Long: "I thought I owed it to you to come look you in the eye and let as many of you see me and see I'm living and I'm not nuts."

Bob Hewitt: President Eisenhower's voice to a welcoming crowd in Pakistan.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower: "I have never received in the world a warmer, more hospitable greeting than was given to me by the throngs in Karachi."