The Second Black Plague:
Anatomy of a Doomsday Pandemic
(adapted from & inspired by material previously published at Othertimelines.com)
by Chris Oakley
From an AP dispatch out of Rome dated February 25th, 1964:
Italian medical authorities have ordered a hotel in downtown Rome
placed under quarantine after four of its guests were admitted to a
local hospital complaining of high fevers and severe headaches....
From the February 27th, 1964 New York Times:TWO DEAD FROM ITALIAN MYSTERY ILLNESS;THREE OTHERS INFECTED
From a BBC Radio Home Service broadcast dated March 1st, 1964:Authorities now confirm eight dead and thirteen infected as the result
of an apparent epidemic in Rome, Italy. Italian health officials are still
uncertain as to how and when the illness was introduced to the city, but
it has already become clear that the course of the disease, first diagnosed
among guests at a local hotel, is swift and lethal....
From a dispatch by the American ambassador in Rome to US Secretary of State Dean Rusk, dated March 4th, 1964:Weíre up to seventeen dead now here...thereís chaos in this city on a level
it hasnít seen since the fall of Mussolini. Ambulances now have to travel with
armed escorts to pick up new cases of what theyíre calling "the hotel virus",
and with ten to fifteen new victims becoming infected every day you can be
sure those ambulances are kept busy...
From NBCís Today show for March 7th, 1964:For the first time the so-called "Rome virus" has been diagnosed in a
victim outside the area of the hotel where it was first discovered. A local
policeman was hospitalized late this morning after reporting to his
physician the high fever and headaches commonly associated with the
disease, which has so far killed thirty people and infected nearly a hundred
From the March 8th, 1964 New York Daily News:FIFTY DEAD IN ROME EPIDEMIC; VIRUS FEARED TO HAVE SPREAD TO GENOA
From a British Foreign Office travel advisory dated March 11th, 1964:In view of the 65 deaths caused by the so-called ĎRome virusí travelers to
Italy are cautioned to avoid Rome and Genoa at all costs...
From the March 14th, 1964 Jerusalem Post:A spokesman for the Italian consulate in Haifa admitted that some
areas of Rome and Genoa are in a state of panic as both cities fight to
rid themselves of the Rome virus that has claimed nearly a hundred
lives in less than a month....
From the March 16th, 1964 Boston Globe:BRITISH DOCTOR WHO DISCOVERED ROME VIRUS SAYS
NEW STRAIN OF THE DISEASE MAY BE EVOLVING
Warns Second Form Of Germ May Be More Deadly Than The First
From the NBC Nightly News of March 19th, 1964:For the first time the Rome virus-- also known as "Morganís disease"
after the British physician who first diagnosed it --has manifested itself
outside Italyís borders. A policeman in the Austrian city of Linz was
rushed to a local hospital late this afternoon after informing his chief
that he was suffering from the headaches commonly associated with the
disease, which is so far estimated to have killed more than 150 people and
infected 315 more....
From the March 21st, 1964 London Times:AUSTRIANS CLOSE THEIR BORDER WITH ITALY; SWISS EXPECTED TO FOLLOW SUIT IN 24 HOURS
From a Canadian Broadcast Corporation news report dated March 24th, 1964:Canadian health officials are meeting to discuss what measures can be taken
to safeguard this country against an outbreak of Morganís disease similar to
to the one which has killed 200 people in Italy and six in Austria during the past
month. As the casualty toll from that virus continues to rise and the virus itself
defies all scientific efforts to find a cure, Canadian tourists in Italy are desperate
to get out of the country....
From the March 27th, 1964 Chicago Tribune:MORGANíS DISEASE EPIDEMIC CLAIMS ITS 300TH VICTIM
From the March 28th, 1964 Toronto Globe & Mail:The first batch of evacuation flights carrying Canadians home from
Italy and Austria landed in Ottawa just after 8:30 PM last night, bringing
with them harrowing accounts of plague and violence. With the death toll
from the Morganís epidemic now standing at 350 in Italy and 13 in Austria,
and at least one confirmed case of the virus in Switzerland, government
health officials have ordered that all passengers on these evacuation flights
be screened before they get on the planes and after they get off to minimize
the risk of the disease spreading to Canada...
From a KGB senior field agentís coded message to the agencyís headquarters in Moscow, dated March 31st, 1964:Request new personnel for my operations team immediately. Two of
my operatives have died of the Rome virus and three others are infected
with it. The press here say that there are 410 dead in Italy, 25 in Austria,
and three in Switzerland as a result of this disease and I do not wish to
see my surveillance activities compromised by it...
From the April 2nd, 1964 New York Daily News:ROME UNDER MARTIAL LAW
UN SCIENTISTS CONFIRM EXISTENCE OF TWO NEW STRAINS OF
From a memo sent by Secretary of State Rusk to President Lyndon Johnson, dated April 5th, 1964:Believe it would be prudent to bring at least some dependents and non-essential
personnel home from our diplomatic outposts in Italy and Austria. Iím particularly
concerned about our Rome embassy, given that current WHO estimates indicate
one-third to one-half of the cityís population will be infected with Morganís disease
within 2-3 weeks...
From the April 7th, 1964 London Times:MARTIAL LAW DECLARED IN GENOA
From the April 9th, 1964 Montreal Gazette:WORLDWIDE DEATH TOLL IN MORGANíS DISEASE EPIDEMIC NEARING 500
From the April 12th, 1964 Sydney Morning Herald:
450 DEAD IN ITALY, 40 IN AUSTRIA, 11 IN SWITZERLAND--
Will France Be Next To Feel The Sting Of The Rome Virus?
From the April 15th, 1964 issue of Newsweek:The Morganís disease epidemic is now in some quarters beginning to draw comparisons
with the 1918-19 influenza pandemic that devastated much of the world. This lethal virus,
of which three strains are already known to exist and a fourth is suspected to be developing
even as you read this article, is posing a severe challenge to modern medical science; after
nearly two months doctors have yet to even find a treatment for the virus, let alone a cure or
From the April 17th, 1964 LíOsservatore Romano:In his homily yesterday at St. Peterís Basilica, His Holiness Pope Paul VI
asked people everywhere to pray for the souls of those who have succumbed
to Morganís disease. This terrible contagion has killed 500 in Italy, 66 in Austria,
and 37 in Switzerland since it was first diagnosed in Rome nearly two months
From a BBC Radio Home Service broadcast dated April 19th, 1964:With the death rate from the Rome virus having begun to accelerate for
reasons as yet unknown, a mood of terror has gripped the Italian people as
the epidemic nears its third month. There are now 600 dead in Italy from
the disease, which has also claimed the lives of 70 Austrians and 33 Swiss;
in Paris, French health authorities are bracing for a possible outbreak of the
virus in southern FranceÖ
From the April 20th, 1964 Los Angeles Times:ITALIAN GOVíT. CONFIRMS THREE MORGANíS CASES IN MILAN
From a report by the US Surgeon General dated April 23rd, 1964:The three known strains of Morganís disease vary in their specifics, but share
these general characteristics:
All three strains are airborne viruses, usually transmitted by coughing or exhaling;
All three strains have an approximate incubation period of 1-3 months;
All three strains start with fever and severe headaches, followed by a breakdown in
the respiratory system and culminating in death by asphyxiation;
All three strains kill their victims with 48 hours or less of infectionÖ
From the April 24th, 1964 New York Times:DEATH TOLL IN AUSTRIA FROM MORGANS DISEASE REACHES 100;
12 DEAD IN MILAN; ITALIAN AUTHORITIES SEAL OFF TURIN
From the April 28th, 1964 San Francisco Chronicle:Efforts to prevent the Morganís virus from entering France fell
apart yesterday with the news that a sailor in the port of Marseilles
has been hospitalized with Morganís-A, the earliest known strain of
the disease; he is the first French citizen to contract the fatal
airborne virus, which has already killed 800 people in Italy, 200 in
Austria, and 70 in SwitzerlandÖ
From the April 30th, 1964 Manchester Guardian:Later today, Foreign Secretary Richard Austin Butler is expected to
order the full evacuation of all remaining dependents and non-essential
personnel from British diplomatic facilities in Italy. The order comes in
response to concerns that these people may be infected by the Morganís
virus if they continue to remain on Italian soil; the virus, which has killed
nearly a thousand people in Italy since it first broke out there in late
February, has also claimed hundreds of lives in Austria and Switzerland
and spread as far as southern FranceÖ
From a CBS-TV newscast dated May 1st, 1964:The Hungarian and Czech ambassadors to Russia were conspicuously
absent from this afternoonís May Day festivities in Moscowís Red Square;
both have been recalled by their governments for consultations on what
can be done to prevent the Morganís virus from spreading across the
Austrian border into Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Conversely, by the same
token the Soviet, Hungarian, and Czech embassies in Rome are all still in
lockdown tonight to keep out potential carriers of the virus, which has to
date killed almost 1100 people in Italy alone...
From a May 2nd, 1964 letter sent by a Kansas City travel agency to its longtime clients:We regret to announce that due to the current medical crisis in Europe all scheduled
tours to Italy, Switzerland, and Austria have been cancelled until further notice. We
apologize for the inconvenience and will refund money immediately to those whoíve
already booked such tours...
From the May 4th, 1964 Dublin Post:100 DEAD IN SWITZERLAND FROM MORGANíS DISEASE; VIRUS NOW BELIEVED TO HAVE REACHED MONACO
From a BBC-TV newscast dated May 7th, 1964:The ongoing epidemic in Europe represents nothing less than a
humanitarian nightmare on a scale rivaling the Black Death of 1348. To
name just one example, Genoaís police and medical resources are groaning
under the strain of trying to preserve a modicum of civilization among its
streets; its residents find themselves increasingly hard-put to cope with the
grim reality of their plight...
From an ABC-TV newscast dated May 8th, 1964:It is a tragic irony that Rome, which has survived barbarian invasion, Napoleonís armies,
Fascist repression, and Nazi occupation, may soon be brought to its knees by a germ smaller
than the typical human thumbnail. As a consequence of the Morganís epidemic Romeís main
airport has been closed to commercial air traffic for weeks, causing economic hardship which
parallels and exacerbates the physical suffering brought on by the disease...
From an AP dispatch out of Paris dated May 10th, 1964:
French health authorities estimate 30 deaths in France and 11
in Monaco as a result of the Morganís virus epidemic which has
been ravaging parts of Europe for over two months. The airborne
disease, which has already killed 1300 people in Italy, 500 in
Austria, 330 in Switzerland, and two in Vatican City, has been
called by French president Charles de Gaulle "the most grave
medical crisis modern man has ever faced."
The new estimates came just hours after UN World Health
Organization scientists confirmed the existence of a fourth
strain of the disease which is even more lethal than its three
predecessors, bringing death within 12 hours of infection...
From the May 13th, 1964 New York Times:PRINCE RAINIER OF MONACO APPEALS FOR U.N. AID AGAINST MORGANíS
EPIDEMIC ĎMy Country Is In Mortal Jeopardyí He Declares
From the May 15th, 1964 Daily Mail:Munich Footballer Admitted To Hospital For Morganís-B Virus
Believed To Be First German National To Contract Morganís Disease
From the May 18th, 1964 Washington Post:
PRES. JOHNSON APPROVES EMERGENCY MEDICAL AID FOR EUROPE
Monaco Royal Palace Under Quarantine
From the May 20th, 1964 New York Daily News:PRINCE RAINIER DEAD
Monaco Mourns Passing Of First Head Of State To Contract Morganís Disease
From the May 21st, 1964 News of the World:ROME ERUPTS IN DEADLY RIOTS!
Our Special Correspondentís Exclusive Story!
From the May 23rd, 1964 Chicago Tribune:TEN DEAD IN WEST GERMANY FROM MORGANíS VIRUS
USSR COUNCIL OF MINISTERS IN EMERGENCY SESSION
From a Channel 9(Australia) newscast dated May 26th, 1964:The Sydney-based pleasure vessel S.S. Ocean Empress was placed
under quarantine late today by joint order of the Israeli navy and Israeli
Ministry of Health following the admission of two of her passengers to
a Tel Aviv hospital for symptoms of respiratory disintegration syndrome(RDS),
also known as Morganís disease or "the Rome virus". According to a
statement released by Israeli maritime authorities, the victims are believed
to have been infected with the disease when the ship docked for refueling
two days ago at the now-closed French port of Marseilles...
From the May 28th, 1964 Pravda:In the interests of protecting the Soviet people against respiratory
disintegration syndrome, CPSU First Secretary Khrushchev has formed
a special committee of the countryís most eminent doctors to prepare a
medical strategy at the earliest possible date...
From the May 31st, 1964 Boston Herald-American:SIX DEAD IN ISRAEL FROM MORGANíS VIRUS
Israeli Armed Forces Put On Full Alert
From the June 1st, 1964 Los Angeles Times:EGYPT BEGINS MOBILIZATION
From the June 3rd, 1964 Manchester Guardian:
WEST GERMAN OFFICIALS ESTIMATE 30 DEATHS
FROM MORGANíS DISEASE
WORLDWIDE DEATH TOLL POISED TO REACH 3000
From the June 5th, 1964 South China Morning Post:Hong Kong Stock Market Drops 200 Points Overnight
From the June 7th, 1964 New York Times:MORGANíS EPIDEMIC CASTS PALL OVER 20TH ANNIVERSARY D-DAY COMMEMORATION
From the June 10th, 1964 San Francisco Chronicle:POPE PAUL VI DEAD
From a UPI bulletin out of Munich dated June 12th, 1964:
Visiting a hospital ward this evening, West German chancellor
Konrad Adenauer refused to comment on rumors that his government
is in secret talks with the Ulbricht regime in East Germany to accept
Warsaw Pact help in dealing with the Morganís disease epidemic that
has killed nearly sixty people in West Germany so far and is believed
to have caused the death of Pope Paul VI on June 9th...
From the June 15th, 1964 New York Times:MONACO GOVERNMENT ON VERGE OF TOTAL COLLAPSE
PHONE SERVICE TO ROME AND GENOA DISRUPTED
From the June 17th, 1964 Jerusalem Post:The Knesset is meeting in special session today to determine what if
if anything can be done to contain the Morgans disease epidemic that
has claimed 50 lives since it was first brought to Israel less than a month
ago by two passengers from the Australian tourist ship SS Ocean Empress.
Despite the closure of Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Eilat to all commercial sea and
air traffic from abroad, the virus continues to spread...
From an ABC-TV newscast dated June 20th, 1964:It seems even the Iron Curtain isnít enough to thwart the Morganís virus;
within the past hour it has been confirmed that six people in Hungary have
been admitted to a Budapest hospital with symptoms of the disease...
From a top secret CIA report to President Johnson dated June 23rd, 1964:Unfortunately the RDS virus is still frustrating efforts to stop it or even slow it
down; no matter what measures are taken-- quarantines, travel bans, port
closings, etc. --it keeps finding a way to cross borders. If a cure for the disease
isnít found soon we could be seeing outbreaks in every part of continental Europe
by the end of the summer; some of our analystsí worst-case scenarios even
suggest a possibility of the virus spreading to northern Africa...
From the June 24th, 1964 New York Post:MORGANíS VIRUS KILLS 15 IN HUNGARY
From the June 26th, 1964 Detroit Free Press:JUNIOR CONSULATE OFFICIAL IN TURIN STRICKEN WITH MORGANíS
Dearborn Native, 39, Is First US Citizen Infected With RDS
From the June 30th, 1964 Wall Street Journal:ECONOMISTS WARN WORLD THREATENED WITH 2ND GREAT DEPRESSION
From the July 1st, 1964 Toronto Globe & Mail:National Mood Somber As Canada Day Approaches
Widespread Fear RDS Virus May Soon Cross Atlantic
From a BBC Radio Home Service broadcast dated July 3rd, 1964:The Shroud of Turin, one of Christianityís oldest and most sacred
relics, is feared lost tonight after it disappeared during a riot which
broke out after local security forces clashed with 1500-plus marchers
protesting the governmentís refusal to end their isolation from the
rest of Italy...
From a special televised Independence Day message by Vice President Hubert Humphrey to the American public dated July 4th, 1964:This administration remains committed to finding a cure for respiratory
disintegration syndrome and sharing that cure with the rest of the world...
From an AP dispatch out of Geneva dated July 9th, 1964:The UN World Health Organization estimates that the death toll from
the RDS epidemic which has been ravaging Europe and parts of Israel
since late February now stands at 6000. Spain became the latest country
to be stricken with the virus when an attachť being flown home by
military plane from the now-closed Spanish consulate in Bordeaux, France
began showing symptoms of the virus shortly after his plane touched down
in Madrid. With commercial air traffic in Europe at a virtual standstill due to
the moratoriums imposed since the epidemic began, diplomats in all parts of
the continent must rely wholly on military transport aircraft to travel to or
from their home countries...
From the July 10th, 1964 New York Times:VIRUS DEATH TOLL IN HUNGARY UP TO 40
From the July 15th, 1964 New York Post:5TH STRAIN OF MORGANíS VIRUS IDENTIFIED
From an editorial in the July 20th, 1964 Chicago Tribune:Of the famed Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse only one, Famine, remains
in his stall as the RDS pandemic drags on. Two of his brethren, Pestilence and
Death, have already galloped across half of Europe, and if the latest rumors
out of the Middle East are correct a third-- War --will be saddling up before
From the July 22nd, 1964 International Herald-Tribune:17 DEAD IN SPAIN FROM ROME VIRUS
From the July 24th, 1964 New York Daily News:ROME VIRUS DETECTED IN TORONTO
3 Admitted To Hospital As North America Sees First RDS
From a CBC Radio newscast dated July 26th, 1964:An Egyptian spy plane was shot down over the Israeli border late this
afternoon, sparking fears that another Arab-Israeli war may be imminent.
This incident comes just as the Israeli Health Ministry is announcing a death
toll of 200 in that countryís RDS epidemic...
From the July 27th, 1964 London Times:ROMANIA SEES ITS FIRST CASE OF MORGANíS DISEASE
From an MI-6 top secret report dated July 31st, 1964:The prevailing mood in Austria is one of nearly complete despair...Our
sources in Vienna suggest it may only be a matter of weeks if not days
before the national government collapses...
From the August 2nd, 1964 Saigon Post:This morning the Republic of Vietnam Foreign Ministry will issue a directive
closing its embassies in Paris, Vienna, and Bonn...
From a dispatch out of the American embassy in Paris to the Deputy US Secretary of State for European Affairs dated August 5th, 1964:The situation at our Rome embassy is uncertain at this time...Weve
not been able to reach their senior staff in three days. However, the
last reliable report from there to reach us indicates that most of the
embassys Marine guard detail is dead...
From the August 7th, 1964 Chicago Sun-Times:13 DEAD IN TORONTO RDS OUTBREAK; VIRUS ALSO REPORTED IN OTTAWA
From the August 9th, 1964 Baltimore Sun:Two In Montreal Dead From RDS As Worldwide Death Toll Reaches 10,000
From a CBS-TV newscast dated August 13th, 1964:Fears of a new Arab-Israeli war were realized last night as Israeli and Egyptian tanks clashed along the
Sinai peninsula following an attempted incursion by Egypt into southern Israel. Meanwhile, the Syrian
foreign ministry is vehemently denying UPI reports that a Damascus man has been hospitalized with
respiratory disintegration syndrome....
From a ZDF-TV(West Germany) newscast dated August 15th, 1964:On Chancellor Adenauerís orders, Munich has been placed under martial law as from
From the August 17th, 1964 New York Times:
FOUR QUEENS RESIDENTS ADMITTED TO COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL FOR
First Known RDS Outbreak In Continental United States
From the August 18th, 1964 Wall Street Journal:STOCK MARKET CRASHES FOLLOWING NEWS OF NEW YORK RDS OUTBREAK
124-Point Decline Biggest One-Day Drop In NYSE History; Surpasses "Black Thursday"
Crash of 1929
From the August 20th, 1964 Boston Globe:DE GAULLE ASSASSINATED; FRANCE IN CHAOS
From the August 24th, 1964 Miami Herald:
CUBA DENIES RUMOR OF FIDEL CASTRO BEING INFECTED
WITH MORGANíS DISEASE
From the August 26th, 1964 Montreal Gazette:50 DEAD IN CANADA, 19 IN U.S. AS NORTH AMERICAN RDS
EPIDEMIC BEGINS SECOND WEEK
From an editorial in the September 1964 edition of the Catholic magazine St. Anthony Messenger:Of all the challenges our church has faced over its long history, perhaps none has
been more serious than the papal succession crisis triggered by the RDS epidemic
currently afflicting much of the world. Many potential successors to the late
Pope Paul VI are prevented from reaching Vatican City due to the commercial
flight moratoriums imposed as a consequence of the virus; many others have
been killed by the virus itself...
From the September 2nd, 1964 Miami Herald:
CUBAN GOVERNMENT ADMITS CASTRO SUFFERING FROM ILLNESS BUT
INSISTS IT IS NOT RDS
From a coded dispatch by a CIA operative in Cuba to the agencyís station chief in Mexico City dated September 4th, 1964:
Looks like your hunch was right...even though theyíve got half of Cuba in
lockdown these days Castro somehow still managed to pick up that damn RDS
bug. My contact in Havana gives him eight more hours, twelve at the outside,
before he finally dies from the virus....
From a UPI dispatch out of Damascus dated September 6th, 1964:Syrian security forces have arrested two Agence France-Presse correspondents
after one of the correspondents filed a story detailing a suspected RDS outbreak in
From the September 10th, 1964 London Times:FRENCH AUTHORITIES CONFIRM RDS OUTBREAK IN PARIS
From the September 13th, 1964 New York Daily News:CITY RDS DEATH TOLL NOW UP TO 90
Worldwide Casualties Estimated at 35,000
From the September 15th, 1964 Boston Herald-American:EAST BOSTON RESIDENT HOSPITALIZED WITH MORGANíS-D
From the September 16th, 1964 Boston Globe:MAYOR COLLINS DECLARES CITYWIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY
From the September 19th, 1964 Washington Post:Vice-President Hubert Humphrey will neither confirm nor deny
reports of a rift between himself and President Johnson over the
Presidentís recommendation that the November elections be
postponed 30-60 days pending resolution of this countryís ongoing
From a French foreign ministry statement dated September 22nd, 1964:We regret to announce the death of acting president Georges Pompidou from
complications related to acute respiratory disintegration syndrome...
From the September 26th, 1964 Hollywood Reporter:Writer Rod Serling, the ex-paratrooper who created TVís The Twilight
Zone and more recently did the screenplay for John Frankenheimerís film
Seven Days In May, is fighting for his life after being admitted to UCLA
Medical Center early this morning with an apparent case of Morganís-C...
From the September 28th, 1964 Sporting News(USA):CITING RDS SITUATION, COMMISSIONER FRICK CALLS OFF
í64 WORLD SERIES
1st Cancellation of Fall Classic Since 1904
From the September 30th, 1964 London Times:GLOBAL RDS CASUALTIES NOW NUMBER CLOSE TO 80,000
Italian Embassy In London Verifies Phone and Telegraph Connections With Rome
Have Been Lost
From the October 2nd, 1964 ABC(Spain):A state of martial law has been declared in Pamplona in response to
the RDS epidemic currently afflicting much of this country....
From the October 4th, 1964 Irish Times:DUBLINERS FEAR RDS MAY STRIKE IRELAND NEXT
From a report by Secretary of State Rusk to President Johnson dated October 8th, 1964:With the exceptions of Finland, Great Britain, Turkey, and the
Soviet Union, every nation in Europe is experiencing at least one
strain of the Morganís virus, and half of those are being hit with
multiple strains...Excluding Vatican City, six governments have
fallen and three others are teetering on the brink of collapse.
Foreign Secretary Butler thinks it may be just a matter of weeks,
or even days, before the virus jumps the Channel and we start
seeing outbreaks in southern England...
From the October 11th, 1964 Asahi Shimbun(Japan):
Health Officials To Meet In Tokyo With The Emperor
And The Prime Minister
From the October 13th, 1964 San Francisco Chronicle:5 DEAD IN SAIGON FROM RDS
WORLDWIDE CASUALTIES ESTIMATED TO EXCEED 150,000
From the October 16th, 1964 Chicago Tribune:NEW YORK CITY RDS DEATHS UP TO 350
From a BBC newscast dated October 19th, 1964:
The nightmare of a respiratory disintegration syndrome
outbreak in Great Britain became stark reality this morning
as three Leeds residents were hospitalized with Morganís-D,
generally acknowledged to be the most lethal form of the
From a North Vietnamese foreign ministry press release dated October 24th, 1964:Our beloved leader and comrade Ho Chi Minh has left Hanoi
for an undisclosed location in order that he may be safeguarded
from contracting Morganís disease...
From the October 27th, 1964 St. Louis Post-Dispatch:U.S. DEATH TOLL FROM MORGANS DISEASE REACHES 2800
WORLDWIDE CASUALTIES CLOSE TO 450,000
From the November 2nd, 1964 Daily Telegraph(UK):5 CASES OF RDS DIAGNOSED IN MANCHESTER
PRIME MINISTER DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN WALES
AND SOUTHERN ENGLAND
From the November 8th, 1964 Dallas Morning Herald:PRESIDENT JOHNSON ELECTED TO FULL TERM AMID NEWS
THAT WORLDWIDE RDS DEATH TOLL HAS REACHED 600,000
From the November 9th, 1964 Boston Globe:NEW YORK DAILY NEWS SUSPENDS PUBLICATION
Loss Of Key Employees To RDS Forces Decision
From the November 12th, 1964 Houston Post:EAST COAST RDS PLAGUE ZONE NOW EXTENDS TO
West Coast Zone Slowly Expanding Toward San Francisco
From the November 15th, 1964 Daily Mail:MAIN CROSS-CHANNEL PHONE LINK BETWEEN
FRANCE AND BRITAIN CUT
From a CBC-TV newscast dated November 20th, 1964:Quebec independence advocates are accusing the federal
government in Ottawa of using the present RDS emergency as
an excuse to curtail French-Canadian civil liberties. The accusation
comes on the heels of the arrest of three separatist leaders at a
protest rally in Montreal held last night to denounce the martial
law decree that has been in force throughout the province for
almost four months...
From the November 22nd, 1964 Providence Journal(USA):BOSTON HERALD HALTS PUBLICATION FOR FIRST TIME EVER
From the November 27th, 1964 Seattle Post-Intelligencer:SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CLOSED INDEFINITELY
From the December 1st, 1964 Hartford Courant(USA):EAST COAST RDS DEATHS NOW AT 40,000;
WORLDWIDE TOLL EXCEEDS 1.5 MILLION
From the December 5th, 1964 Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
PREACHER AND CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER DR. MARTIN
LUTHER KING DIES FROM RDS VIRUS
From the December 8th, 1964 Wall Street Journal:PAN AM AIRLINES FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
From the December 14th, 1964 Kansas City Star:NASA ORDERS MANNED SPACEFLIGHT OPERATIONS
AT CAPE CANAVERAL SUSPENDED
From the December 21st, 1964 edition of the Australian newspaper The Age:Commercial air traffic throughout Japan is at a standstill as a result of Prime
Minister Satoís order closing all the countryís major airports to anything other
than vital defense and medical relief flights. Emperor Hirohito and his family have
quarantined themselves inside Tokyoís Imperial Palace...
From a letter by a US military advisor in South Vietnam to his brother in Minnesota dated December 23rd, 1964:Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, but unfortunately the only thing heís leaving under
the tree this Christmas is caskets and shovels...every day before I head out into the
field and every night after I come back I pray that if I die, I have the good luck to be
killed by the VC and not that damn RDS bug Iíve been hearing about. Who would
have thought a Cong-infested hamlet could be safer than the good old USA?
From the December 27th, 1964 London Times:ROYAL FAMILY EVACUATED TO BALMORAL
From the December 30th, 1964 Newark Star-Ledger(USA):NYC CANCELS NEW YEARíS EVE FESTIVITIES
From a BBC-TV newscast dated January 3rd, 1965:The prime ministerís residence at 10 Downing Street remains under armed
guard tonight as opposition mounts against the martial law decree that was
issued for metropolitan London five days ago....
From an Associated Press dispatch out of Seoul dated January 7th, 1965:
South Korean intelligence officials report today that North Korean dictator
Kim Il Sung may have been placed in quarantine to protect him against the
risk of being infected with RDS. As their main evidence they cite the fact that
Kim, who has ruled North Korea with an iron fist since his regime was founded
in 1948, has not been seen in public in over 36 hours....
From the January 13th, 1965 Boston Globe:
NEW YORK TIMES ON INDEFINITE HIATUS
Wall Street Journal Now Only Major Newspaper Still Publishing In Metropolitan New
From the January 20th, 1965 Washington Post:It will be a sparse and somber crowd that gathers today to witness Lyndon Johnson
take the presidential oath of office for the second time. Most of the gala events that
had been planned to mark the occasion have been cancelled due to the U.S. Morganís
virus epidemic which has been ravaging much of the country since last August....
From the January 23rd, 1965 Times of India:PRIME MINISTER NEHRU ORDERS ENTIRE POPULATION OF CALCUTTA PUT
From the February 7th, 1965 Haíaretz(Israel):SYRIA IN STATE OF ANARCHY
From the February 13th,1965 La Prensa(Mexico):
The Economic Ministry announced yesterday that sixty percent of the adult population
of this country is unemployed as a consequence of the current worldwide RDS emergency...
From the February 24th, 1965 Des Moines Register(USA):RDS PANDEMIC HALTS COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS TO MEXICO
From an editorial in the February 25th, 1965 Minneapolis Star-Tribune:As you read this, itís been one full year since the global RDS crisis began, and
at this point itís hard to tell which is deadlier: the virus itself or the despair it
has induced as it keeps spreading around the world in defiance of all efforts to
cure it. The already staggeringly high worldwide casualty count of 4.1 million
is certain to climb, particularly when one takes into account the hundreds if
not thousands of suicides being committed every day out on the East Coast
From the March 2nd, 1965 London Times:MOSCOW DEVASTATED BY FOOD RIOTS
CPSU First Secretary Brezhnevís Whereabouts Presently Unknown
From the March 5th, 1965 Portland Oregonian:
Phone service between Los Angeles and San Francisco remains out for a third straight
From a UPI dispatch out of Cairo dated March 11th, 1965:Gamal Abdel Nasser, the Egyptian socialist dictator and former army officer who came
to power in the 1952 revolution that overthrew King Farouk, has died of complications
from respiratory disintegration syndrome. Nasser, who was pronounced dead at 7:00 AM
local time this morning, is the tenth head of state confirmed to have been killed by the virus;
two others, North Koreaís Kim Il Sung and Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev, have disappeared
under mysterious circumstances...
From the March 18th, 1965 Detroit Free Press:
CHICAGO TORN BY 4TH CONSECUTIVE DAY OF RIOTS
Mayor Daley Funeral and Cremation Held Under Heavy Police Guard
From the March 22nd, 1965 Irish Times:10TH RDS DEATH IN IRELAND RECORDED AT HOSPITAL IN SHANNON
From a report by Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara to President Johnson dated March 27th, 1965:Respectfully, I see little reason to maintain even a token military presence in South
Vietnam at this point. The Viet Cong hardly pose much threat to anyone under the
present circumstances, and the NVA will have its hands full for the foreseeable future
keeping a lid on internal dissent in North Vietnam. Furthermore, weíll need every
spare hand we can get in the field in Europe in case Brezhnev-- or whoeverís minding
the Kremlin in his absence --gets antsy and tries to make a grab for West Berlin...
From the March 29th, 1965 Washington Post:
DEFENSE SECRETARY MCNAMARA FIRED
Sources Say Rift With Johnson Over Vietnam Report Led To McNamara
From a top secret KGB report to Soviet defense minister Sergei Grechko dated April 4th, 1965:Our station chiefs in London and Istanbul have verified that NATO reconnaissance flights over Greece and
southern Italy have detected few significant signs of human survivors in the regions affected by the RDS
From the April 8th, 1965 Indianapolis Star:CHICAGO TRIBUNE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF DIES OF MORGANíS DISEASE
Paper Operating With Only ľ Of Normal Payroll, May Have To File For Bankruptcy
From the April 13th, 1965 Wall Street Journal:We regret that we must inform our readers publication of this newspaper will
be suspended indefinitely after todayís edition...
From the April 21st, 1965 Peopleís Daily Worker(China):Chairman Mao personally guarantees no citizen of the Peopleís Republic will
ever be infected with respiratory disintegration syndrome...
From the April 25th, 1965 Hartford Courant:BOSTON GLOBE TO SUSPEND PUBLICATION EFFECTIVE TOMORROW
From a Manchester United press release dated May 3rd, 1965:In view of the present health emergency in Britain and throughout the world, this
club is suspending all operations until further notice...
From the May 10th, 1965 Providence Journal:
NEW YORK METS DISBANDED
Three-Year-Old Expansion Team Financially Crippled By RDS Epidemic
From the May 16th, 1965 Rand Daily Mail(South Africa):PRIME MINISTER VERWOERD DEFENDS SA NAVYíS DECISION TO SINK RDS
From the May 22nd, 1965 Edmonton Sun:
AIR CANADA OUT OF BUSINESS
From the May 29th, 1965 Dallas Morning Herald:FIRE DEVASTATES ABANDONED MIAMI-DADE INTL. AIRPORT
From the June 4th, 1965 Tulsa Herald:US-MEXICAN BORDER CLOSED
From the June 10th, 1965 Scotsman(UK):10 Downing Street Wrecked By Mob; Prime Minister Lynched Trying To Escape
From a dispatch by the US embassy in Canberra to Secretary of State Rusk dated June 13th, 1965:Looks like weíre not the only ones abandoning ship in the Far East; Reuters
just said the Soviets are closing their embassy in Hanoi....
From a Reuters dispatch out of Helsinki dated June 18th, 1965:East German chancellor Walter Ulbricht was assassinated late this afternoon
by mutinous elements of his own secret police...
From the June 22nd, 1965 Stars & Stripes:CHECKPOINT CHARLIE ON FULL ALERT
From the June 28th, 1965 Variety:20TH CENTURY FOX DISSOLVES
From the June 30th, 1965 Calgary Albertan:FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CANCELS ALL CANADA DAY EVENTS
From an autopsy report by the Washington State medical examinerís office dated July 3rd, 1965:
SUBJECT NAME: Manson, Charles Milles (a.k.a. Charles Milles Maddox)
WEIGHT: 135 lbs.
DATE OF DEATH: July 2nd, 1965 at 11:32 PM
PLACE OF DEATH: Hospital wing, McNeil Island Federal Prison
CAUSE OF DEATH: Subject apparently succumbed to infection of respiratory
To be continued....