50 Years Ago Today

BODY SEARCHES: Athens Police Chief D. Vranopoulos, commenting on press reports that passengers of a bus on the Iera Odos yesterday morning were subjected to body searches and were asked to show their identity cards, said that this was a routine spot check. FIGS INSTEAD OF COD: By a decision of the trade minister, approval has been given to Vlahoutsikos and Co. to export figs and raisins to Norway, valued at $250 million, in exchange for the import of 981 tons of cod and 3,000 crates of herring. CHURCHILL RETURNS: London, 26 – After an absence from power for six years and two months (…) Winston Churchill yesterday resumed responsibility for the fate of Great Britain. After a dramatic all-night vigil while watching the results of the silent battle being waged as the votes were counted, his victory was assured in the early morning hours. (…) The Father of Victory was officially summoned by the king (George VI) to receive a mandate to form a government. NEW PLASTIRAS GOVERNMENT: At 7 p.m. yesterday (October 29), the first postelection government of Nikolaos Plastiras’s EPEK party was sworn in in the presence of King Paul and Archbishop Spyridon. But should an agreement be reached, it is very likely that a strong military force will have to be deployed to overthrow the Taleban and back the new government. This, however, may draw the American troops into a guerrilla war that will entail a high cost at all levels…

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