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发表于 2016-7-9 23:20:27 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
  February 18
          Joseph McCarthy has been accused of "witch hunts"
          1954: McCarthy hunts "army Communists"
          England have
          The Secretary of the US army has ordered two generals, subpoenaed by
anti-Communist senator Joseph McCarthy, to ignore the summons.
          The move by Robert T Stevens came on the first day of the hearings into
communist activity in the US army.
          Mr Stevens said he would speak on behalf of the army provided the session
was in public.
          His announcement came after a former army major summonsed by Senator
McCarthy - head of the Senate"s Permanent Investigations sub-committee - refused
to answer questions.
          Irving Peress, now a dentist, took advantage of the Fifth Amendment in the
US" Constitution - the right to avoid self-incrimination - to justify his
silence.
          Mr Peress cited his honourable discharge from the army as proof of his
"honest and loyal service" to his country.
          Senator McCarthy has accused Mr Peress of communist activities at an army
camp and has demanded that army authorities revoke his honourable discharge and
court martial him.
          The Wisconsin senator has also called for a list of all officers and
civilians who had anything to do with Mr Peress" promotion and honourable
discharge.
          "Either the army will give the names of men coddling Communists or we will
take it before the Senate," he said.
          However, Mr Steven"s stand makes it unlikely a list will be
forthcoming.
          It is a rare challenge to the controversial senator who was virtually
unknown before he took up the cause of rooting out Communists four years
ago.
          In a speech in West Virginia in February 1950 Mr McCarthy claimed to have
the names of 205 "card-carrying Communists" in the State Department.
          However, he later scaled down the list to 57 and was willing to name only
four of them.
          His critics say he has never produced real evidence to back up his claims
and accuse him of "witch hunts" which have often destroyed the careers of those
accused.
          But in March 1951 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted for passing
atomic secrets to the Russians and this helped fuel popular support for his
campaign.
          Joseph McCarthy"s committee works parallel to the House of Representatives"
Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).
          In 1947 the HUAC"s high-profile investigation of the entertainment industry
led to prison sentences for 10 Hollywood writers and directors who refused to
answer questions and "blacklisting" for hundreds more.
          Lulu has had several hit singles
          1969: Lulu ties knot with Bee Gee
          Artificially 1969:
          The Hundreds of people have clamoured to see the marriage of popstars Lulu
and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees in a Buckinghamshire church.
          Lulu, 20, had hoped to keep her wedding plans secret but around 1,000
people - mostly women and girls - filled the grounds of St James" Church in
Gerrards Cross.
          Several children were hurt as the crowd - that had waited for an hour -
surged forward when Lulu arrived in her green Rolls Royce, 20 minutes late.
          Wearing a long, white, mink-trimmed coat with fur hood and a white, silk
mini-dress, Lulu - born Marie McDonald McLaughlin - begged onlookers to let her
through, saying, "Please let me in, please let me in."
          As police formed a cordon to allow the bride to reach the church, Maurice
Gibb - also wearing white - waited inside with his best man, twin brother Robin,
who was married only three months ago.
          The third Gibb brother, Barry, arrived 10 minutes later, after earlier
objecting to the wedding saying the couple was too young.
          The Bee Gees and the bride were the only celebrities at the small, family
wedding.
          After a half-hour service - presided over by Reverend Gordon Harrison - the
newlyweds were trapped in the church for another 10 minutes until a path had
been cleared to their waiting car.
          They spent a few minutes at the 19-year-old groom"s parents" house in
Gerrards Cross before travelling to London for their reception.
          After a one-day honeymoon Lulu plans to return to work on her BBC
television series.
          She says she wants to cut down on her work-load to concentrate on her
family and wants lots of children.
          The daughter of a Glaswegian butcher, Lulu has already enjoyed a successful
singing career for five years - beginning with number one single, Shout.
          She will represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in March.
          Vocabulary:
          subpoena: serve or summon with a subpoena(传呼;索取)
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