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April 1, 1974

Reminiscence of an Unhappy Day

JAMA. 1974;228(1):76. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230260050028

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In February, Friday the 13th came on Tuesday, and the news was as expected. Dissident Nobel Laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn was deprived of his Soviet citizenship and exiled from the country he loved and had striven in vain to improve. A news analyst commented that things hadn't changed much since the USSR was Russia ruled by tsars.

The mid-East oil embargo prevailed. Thanks to the French—always a consistent people who had expected to fight World War II with tactics that had prevailed in World War I—a meeting of ministers of state in Washington failed to find a common ground for dealing with a worldwide energy crisis. In Britain, the striking coal miners kept the gloom on, and, ironically, on "The Price Is Right" a charming young woman won a trip for two for a week's stay in London. Israel and Syria were still pounding each other on the Golan Heights.