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Ten O'Clock News; First day of school, Charlestown


Footage of the first day of school at Charlestown High School during year two of desegregation in Boston. Media crews gather at the foot of the Bunker Hill Monument. Helicopters circle overhead. Police in riot helmets and MDC officers on horseback are stationed in front of the school. A police officer with a rifle is posted on the roof of the school. No buses have yet arrived.

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Ten O'Clock News

First day of school, Charlestown

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Massachusetts. Metropolitan District Commission
Boston (Mass.). Police Dept.
Police patrol
School buildings
Busing for school integration
First day of school
Charlestown (Boston, Mass.)
News Report
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; First day of school, Charlestown,” 09/08/1975, GBH Archives, accessed December 9, 2023,
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; First day of school, Charlestown.” 09/08/1975. GBH Archives. Web. December 9, 2023. <>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; First day of school, Charlestown. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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