News of the day for August 2, 1994 - Sen. George Mitchell unveils his version of a Healthcare bill. The infamous Whitewater investigation continues. Primary voting for the 1994 off-year election was underway. The CIA was aware Aldrich Ames was a Russian spy three years before he was unmasked as one. Dysentery is replacing Cholera as an epidemic in Zaire. AIDS pandemic is threatening Asia. Wildfires are reeking havoc in the Northwest. The Rolling Stones launch their Voodoo Lounge tour and Cal Ripkin joins Lou Gehrig's record in playing 2,000 consecutive games.
August 2, 2011

When all else fails, there's Mick.

For all intents and purposes, a normal day in history. August 2nd 1994 saw Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell unveiling his plan for Healthcare as something of an alternative to what was already being bandied about. The infamous Whitewater Investigation was rolling on. Primaries were being held around the country as a prelude to the upcoming Fall Off-Year elections. The CIA let it be known it was aware of Aldrich Ames a good three years before he was finally unmasked as a Russian spy. Zaire had the ominous distinction of replacing Cholera with Dysentery as a major epidemic sweeping the African nation. And on the subject of epidemics, AIDS was now an official threat to Asia, mostly from all the sex-tours and rampant needle use. Wild fires were raging out of control in the Pacific Northwest. Baseball soon-to-be-legend Cal Ripkin had just tied the record set by Lou Gehrig for 2,000 consecutive games played. And The Rolling Stones kicked off their 1994/1995 Voodoo Lounge Tour in the U.S.

As August 2nd's go - this one wasn't so bad. At least according to the CBS World News Roundup, as it was broadcast on that day seventeen years ago.

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