News of the day for March 8, 1978 - Coal Miners Strike hits 93rd day. Prime Minister Begin to Visit Jimmy Carter and continued Middle East Peace Talks. Holland is first NATO ally to reject deployment of Neutron Bomb. Recount going on in Guatemala from Sunday's election, citing mass vote fraud. Hustler Publisher Larry Flynt listed in critical condition after undergoing 2nd surgery from assassination attempt outside of a courthouse in Georgia.
March 8, 2011

Larry Flynt - target of a mysterious assassination attempt.

Busy news day, this 8th of March in 1978. The Coal Miners strike was heading into Day 93 with the White House holding closed door sessions on it's resolution. Talk of government intervention was high. Meanwhile, there was dissension in the ranks of the UMW with a threatened ouster of Union President Arnold Miller. On the Middle East Peace talks front. Israeli Defense Officials were meeting with officials at The Pentagon and Prime Minster Begin was readying to meet with President Carter. The Sunday elections in Guatemala were undoing a recount due to massive voter fraud, nullifying the initial results. The Senate was debating the Panama Canal Treaty which was coming up for a vote on the 13th. Energy legislation was being argued back and forth and Hustler Publisher Larry Flynt was listed in critical condition after having just undergone his second surgery for bullet wounds he sustained in an attempted assassination outside a courthouse in Georgia. Police detained a 20 year old Teddy Morris on suspicion of attempted murder but was later released when the accusations later turned out to be a hoax. Although a convicted White Supremacist confessed to the murder attempt many years later, no official charges were ever made. Imagine that. Well yes . . . .actually, you can.

Here is the news of the day via the CBS World News Roundup for March 8, 1978.

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