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Nigeria and Cameroon, two overseas dependencies of the United Kingdom, have declared their independence as separate nations. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa has become the inaugural Prime Minister of Nigeria, and the British Southern Cameroons will unite with the former French Cameroun next year

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In a dramatic day yesterday, Soviet Premier Kruschchev banged his shoe on his table in protest of Filipino Senator Lorenzo Sumulong's speech at the UN. On the same day, Japanese Socialist Inejiro Asanuma was assassinated by a 17-year old student live on national television. Asanuma was appearing on a televised debate for the upcoming elections in Japan, when the student attacked him with a sword.

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Interesting concept and its nice to see President Dewey.

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Hello, I'm Jack Watson, and welcome to American News Radio and welcome to Election Night in America. The first returns are coming in now, and we can project Indiana for President Nixon, giving him 13 electoral votes

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At 7 PM, we can make the following projections

 

Nixon wins Vermont

Johnson wins Georgia and South Carolina

Florida and Virginia are too close to call

Indiana has been moved back to too close to call

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At 7:30, we can project West Virginia for Lyndon Johnson, and Ohio is too close to call

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Well we're wrapping up our coverage here due to an unexpected technical issue, but election coverage continues on CBS

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Johnson/Kennedy - 50.9%

Nixon/Lodge - 46%

Unpledged Democrats - 1.8%

Others - 1.2%

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Johnson Cabinet (1961 - 1963)

 

President: Lyndon B. Johnson (1961 - 1963)

Vice President: John F. Kennedy (1961 - 1963)

Secretary of State: 

Secretary of Treasury: Henry H. Fowler

Secretary of Defence: Clark M. Clifford

Attorney General: Nicholas Katzenbach

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On November 22nd 1963, Lyndon Baines Johnson returned to his home state of Texas. What was meant to be both a mission to launch his re-election bid and to resolve conflict between Governor John Connally and Senator Ralph Yarborough turned deadly fast. As the presidential motorcade travelled through Dealey Plaza, two gunmen opened fire on the motorcade. When the chaos and confusion cleared, it became apparent that the President and Conally were dead, and John F. Kennedy was critically injured. America was in chaos. Although Kennedy was officially the new president, he was in a coma and was not yet inaugurated. Therefore, Speaker McCormack became the acting President of the United States

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Election 1964

 

John F. Kennedy is in no state to run for President. Seriously injured after the attack in Dallas, he's now out of a coma, but not willing to run. Speaker McCormack, no longer acting President, has decided not to run. Instead, they have convinced his brother, Bobby, to run. However, he is polling poorly. The frontrunner? Segregationist Governor George Wallace.

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BREAKING NEWS:

 

Former President Richard Nixon has announced his intention to run for a second, non-consecutive, term

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After a long and bruising primary campaign, both the Republican and Democratic conventions were deadlocked. The Republicans chose Nelson Rockefeller, the preferred establishment choice. In order to emphasise that his vision for America was progress, Rockefeller picked Hiram Fong, the Hawaiian Senator, as his running mate, despite some protests. The Democrats, faced with the possibility of President George Wallace, instead chose Bobby Kennedy. Despite many decrying Kennedy's lack of experience and his controversial appointment as Deputy Attorney General, he is leading in the polls. Kennedy chose Hubert Humphrey as his running mate, in order to make the ticket more experienced

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Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Premier, has been deposed. Leonid Brezhnev will take over as General Secretary of the Communist Party, while Alexei Kosygin is the new Premier. Meanwhile in Britain, Sir Alec-Douglas Home has won a term of his own, winning 346 seats in their General Election

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KENNEDY WINS LANDSLIDE VICTORY

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Kennedy/Humphrey - 61.7%

Rockefeller/Fong - 38.3%

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Kennedy made his major focus Civil Rights. Lyndon Johnson had passed a few civil rights reforms, but had focused instead on his "Great Society" program. Kennedy also expanded this program, but focused more on expanding black suffrage, and ending segregation. The Great Society program was not neglected, however, and one of Kennedy's greatest achievements came in 1966, when Medicare, a single payer health insurance program, came into effect.

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Election 1968

 

President Kennedy is popular amongst his base, however desegregation and the continuation of the Great Society program has led to many in the south to flock to Governor George Wallace, who is running as a third party candidate. Another complication is he is less popular than Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who is seen as the driving force behind Kennedy. Many would rather that Humphrey was the nominee over Kennedy, but Humphrey is reluctant to run, fearing divisions may cost them the election. Meanwhile, with Nixon ruling himself out, the Republican frontrunners Nelson Rockefeller and Ronald Reagan battle for first place, with George Romney proving a viable threat in third place.

 

Candidates

 

Democrats:

President Robert F. Kennedy

Vice President Hubert Humphrey (Not Seeking)

 

Republicans:

Governor Nelson Rockefeller

Governor Ronald Reagan

Governor George Romney

Former Governor Harold Stassen

Governor John Volpe

Senator Clifford Case

Governor Jim Rhodes

Senator Hiram Fong

 

American Independent:

Former Governor George Wallace

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Alexander Dubcek, the Slovakian politician, has taken over as the leader of Czechoslovakia. Mr Dubcek is seen as a democratic reformer. Whether Leonid Brezhnev will allow the Czechoslovakians to move further from the Soviet sphere of influence is yet to be known

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1 hour ago, LegolasRedbard said:

Alexander Dubcek, the Slovakian politician, has taken over as the leader of Czechoslovakia. Mr Dubcek is seen as a democratic reformer. Whether Leonid Brezhnev will allow the Czechoslovakians to move further from the Soviet sphere of influence is yet to be known

A reformer taking the reigns of leadership in 1968 Czechoslovakia? What could possibly go wrong? :P

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Well, I've just rediscovered this, and I think I'll continue with it

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Hubert Humphrey, the Vice President, has today shocked the political establishment by announcing his own run for President, challenging incumbent Robert Kennedy. Although Humphrey is more popular than Kennedy, he was reportedly very reluctant to run, in case he splits the vote. Early polling for the Democratic primaries puts Vice President Humphrey ahead of the President:

 

Humphrey - 51%

Kennedy - 40%

Undecided - 8%

 

There's still 302 days to the election, and with the Republicans holding a five-point lead, and a massive lead in the Electoral College over the Democrats, they must be hoping for a resolution soon

 

- James Kelly, The American Herald, January 8th 1968

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Amid Democratic split, Wallace gains ground - The American Herald, Monday 1968

 

"I was sure he won't win, but now I'm not so sure," said 67-year-old Maybel Jones in Chattanooga, TN, yesterday. "I was just voting for him to send a message to our representatives in Washington that we are the ones with the power, but now I think he might stand a chance at winning." All throughout the country, people are saying similar things, that what many considered to be a racialist campaign confined only to the south may now becoming a national movement. George Wallace, the staunch segregationist and former Governor of Alabama, has been making gains in the polls following Vice President Humphrey's entrance to the campaign and has made some changes to his messaging. While maintaining state's rights to decide on segregation is still an important part of his platform, he has moved to focus more on maintaining law and order in this "divided country, more than ever before." He has announced his running mate to be KFC founder and beloved icon Colonel Harland Sanders as his running mate, and stresses that he and his running mate are "self-made men, trying to bring our vision of the American Dream to Washington." This less overtly racist and working-class campaign has helped him in the polls:

 

Gallup poll, 1/21/68

 

Generic Republican: 42%

Generic Democrat: 34%

George Wallace (AIP): 17%

 

Herald/Washington Post

 

Republican: 39%

Democrat: 30%

George Wallace: 21%

 

Wallace's biggest target is Texas, which would almost certainly kill any Democratic hope for the presidency. Wallace is almost certain to win the majority of southern states, which means the Democrats will need to win big in the Midwest and West Coast

 

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2 hours ago, LegolasRedbard said:

Amid Democratic split, Wallace gains ground - The American Herald, Monday 1968

 

"I was sure he won't win, but now I'm not so sure," said 67-year-old Maybel Jones in Chattanooga, TN, yesterday. "I was just voting for him to send a message to our representatives in Washington that we are the ones with the power, but now I think he might stand a chance at winning." All throughout the country, people are saying similar things, that what many considered to be a racialist campaign confined only to the south may now becoming a national movement. George Wallace, the staunch segregationist and former Governor of Alabama, has been making gains in the polls following Vice President Humphrey's entrance to the campaign and has made some changes to his messaging. While maintaining state's rights to decide on segregation is still an important part of his platform, he has moved to focus more on maintaining law and order in this "divided country, more than ever before." He has announced his running mate to be KFC founder and beloved icon Colonel Harland Sanders as his running mate, and stresses that he and his running mate are "self-made men, trying to bring our vision of the American Dream to Washington." This less overtly racist and working-class campaign has helped him in the polls:

 

Gallup poll, 1/21/68

 

Generic Republican: 42%

Generic Democrat: 34%

George Wallace (AIP): 17%

 

Herald/Washington Post

 

Republican: 39%

Democrat: 30%

George Wallace: 21%

 

Wallace's biggest target is Texas, which would almost certainly kill any Democratic hope for the presidency. Wallace is almost certain to win the majority of southern states, which means the Democrats will need to win big in the Midwest and West Coast

 

Oh, good Lord! He'd try to be like the D.F. Malan of the U.S. if he won...

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