This day in December 1989 had news of the Malta "Summit at Sea" between President Bush and Soviet Premier Gorbachev. But probably more than the discussions were problems actually getting the two leaders in the same place, since choppy seas were making transportation of the leaders from their ships to the meeting place almost impossible. Nonetheless, the talks were productive and Moscow was eager for some progress, since only two months earlier the infamous Wall in Berlin had come down and the Soviet Union was in the midst of a major transformation.
Other news in the day covered the aborted coup attempt in the Philippines, more fighting in Nicaragua, Romania on the verge of overthrow of the Ceausescu government and Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci busily seeking asylum.
Not a dull day as this set of reports from CBS News illustrates.