Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow anchor convention coverage spanning JULY 13, 14, 15, 1960.
A retrospective declaration of candidacy for President of the United States is announced by Senator John F. Kennedy. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, the majority leader of the senate, speaks. Back live on the convention floor, Bernie Eismann talks to Minnesota Governor Orville L. Freeman; it was he who put Kennedy's name into nomination. Edward R. Murrow talks to Lowell Thomas. Adlai Stevenson introduces Eleanor Roosevelt who speaks before the convention. Neil Strawser talks to the Democratic National Committee chairman Paul Butler. 3000 delegates are represented as roll call begins the 1500 vote procedure. It takes 761 votes to nominate the choice for president. We hear each state cast their votes. John Kennedy, 43, becomes the third youngest nominee in history. Nancy Hanschman reports from Johnson headquarters. Adlai Stevenson is interviewed. Kennedy speaks to the convention, thanking them for his nomination. Benedition and the National Anthem end the evening for July 13th. Cronkite and Murrow rap it up with final thoughts. Betty Furness does a Westinghouse Total Elective Home Commercial. July 14th & 15th coverage present the nomination for Vice President. Earlier coverage by Kennedy at a press conference confirms Lyndon B. Johnson as his choice for the Vice President running mate. Nancy Hanschman interviews Johnson. There is coverage of the LBJ press conference. John F. Kennedy gives a 22 minute acceptance speech to the convention. Alexander Kendrick, Howard K. Smith, Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite evaluate the JFK speech. Spokeswoman for Westinghouse, Betty Furness, gives praise to Cronkite for his coverage of the National Democratic Convention.
On Dec. 12, 1963, Alexander Kendrick reports on the phenomenon of The Beatles who have yet to come to America. Their appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show" took place Feb. 9, 1964. Walter Cronkite anchors this flashback news report on the Dec. 19, 1980 edition of the CBS Evening News.
Attack on Moscow embassy by Russian students, Alexander Kendrick reporting, in New York City, Zionist demonstrators vs. German government, Steve Rowan reports, Neil Strausser reports on the reenactment of actor Robert Ryan's Gettysburg Address, March 4th, 1865 and Lincoln's swearing in as President. Ben Holman with Black Muslim report on defection of members, interview by Malcolm X before his death, half of Black Muslim members have left, Dr. Martin Luther King receives Eleanor Roosevelt medal, Dr. King says "Time is always right to do right." Dan Rather from the UK about ten orphaned children who want to stay together.
Host: Ned Calmer
Highlights: Astronauts Virgil Grisson, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee to be buried with funerals at Arlington and West Point.
Alexander Kendrick phone call with Marvin Kalb about the Vietnam war, chaos in China. Norman Stevens reports. Includes commercials.
Report on the six-day Middle East war, from the Israeli mobilization to the cease-fire. Featured are interviews with Israeli military leaders including Moshe Dayan and Yitzhak Rabin and three Egyptian Generals.
Mike Wallace and Alexander Kendrick report.
Hanoi in "peace feeler" attempt, comment by Dean Rusk, critics call for action by Robert Kennedy, 9,350 GI's killed in Vietnam last year, continuing draft protest, Benjamin Spock comments, comment by George Romney, Dr, Christian Bernard talks about heart transplants.
Host: Alexander Kendrick.
President Johnson has disdain for anyone who riots, garbage strike protest brings violence, "Poor People's March" planned for next month in Washington, DC by Dr. Martin Luther King, Dr. King comments, racial crisis and violence in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. King comments on his failed effort, comment by President Johnson, comments by Richard Nixon, Eugene McCarthy, and Robert Kennedy, Czech's new leader is General Ludvik Svoboda" Liberalism" with communism, he arrives in East Germany and Poland, Camel Cigarette commercial, a report on Senator Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy, Prague Czechoslavikia Communist ruling now changed, Peter Kalisher reports, Alexander Kendrick with a comment on income taxes.
Host: Reed Collins.