All that, and Star Wars too.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – CBS Radio – The World Tonight – October 2, 1985 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Busy day in the world, this 2nd of October in 1985. The Middle East factored in, with reports that the body of a missing Soviet diplomat was discovered in Beirut, and additional reports disclosed the discovery of a second missing diplomat was found behind the Soviet Embassy. And if that weren’t enough, warnings were issued by the fundamentalist Muslim (The Islamic Liberation Organization) group responsible for the kidnapping/executions, that the Soviet Embassy would be attacked next. All this as retaliation for Soviet-backed Syrian assaults on the PLO and Sunni Fundamentalists in Tripoli.
Meanwhile, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrived in Paris in what was called “French seduction”, en route to Gorbachev’s meeting with President Reagan. The Soviet leader tried to not let the Middle East drama get to him, but it was apparent it was on his mind. Gorbachev had a lot on his plate during this first series of visits since assuming power.
There was also the sad news that film icon Rock Hudson died of AIDS earlier in the day, a little over a year after his disclosure of contracting the disease.
If anything, brought the subject of AIDS home to just about everyone.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: CBS News Special Report – The Death Of Rock Hudson – October 2, 1985 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
And L.A. had another earthquake . . .
What a day – October 2, 1985, as reported on the CBS Radio program The World Tonight.
Mikhail Gorbachev – Selling a summit.
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News for this day in October of 1986 had to do with assessing the Summit between Reagan and Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland and the beginning of renewed talks in Geneva.
The sticking point continued to be the Star Wars initiative, even though tentative agreement arrived over a 50% reduction in Strategic Missiles and the removal of all U.S. and Soviet missiles from Europe. The Star Wars deadlock threatened to derail even those concessions. But there was Geneva ahead and along with it went some optimism.
Meanwhile, Nobel Prizes were handed out for Physics and Chemistry. Mary Lund, the first female recipient of an artificial heart, died. Actor Keenan Wynn also died from a brief illness. And the aftermath continued from the deadly earthquake in El Salvador, with relief aid continuing to pour in.
On Capitol Hill, the Stop Gap Spending bill was stalled, bringing with it a healthy dose of hand-wringing from both sides of the aisle. Because of the stall, everyone had to postpone getting back to constituents and campaigning for the off-year election.
But on an optimistic note – new car sales were up in September. Signs that perhaps the economy was turning around.
All that, and a lot more for this October 15th in 1976, by way of The CBS World News Roundup.
January 11, 1988 – Bumpy Rides And Red Faces..
Another day - another heady whiff of Scandal.