Continuing our Thousand Yard Stare at years gone past, I came across 1986 and this year-end wrap up from Lesley Stahl on Face The Nation. It's a quick gloss over, probably because each story is good for about a weeks worth of posts. Nonetheless, it gives a good introduction to just what kind of year 1986 was. A lot of contradictions, not to mention denials. Between Libya, Iran-Contra, the upheaval in the Phillippines, Chernobyl - it was a busy year.
Lesley Stahl (CBS News): “What would happen to your country if Mrs. Aquino becomes President?”
Ferdinand Marcos (Philippine President): “The country will become Communist.”
The oft-used famous last words, but another indication of where 1986 was heading.
We'll be spending a lot of time there in the weeks/months ahead - fear not.
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News of the day for October 18, 1986. Long time Speaker of the House Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill retires from Congress. Captured pilot Eugene Hasenfus to go on trial for shipping arms to Contra rebels in Nicaragua. Red Sox and Mets to square off in first game of the 1986 World Series. Language dispute in Belgium threatens government shakeup and Soviet fishing rights withdrawn in Kiribati. Read more...