News for January 2, 1996 - the Government shut-down hits Day #18, AT&T to lay off 30,000 workers, Gene discovered linked to heart arrhythmia, Madonna stalking trial set to begin, Chiapas Rebels celebrate 2nd anniversary by converting to politics. James Jordan murder trial resumes.
January 2, 2012

Starting off the year with an 18 day howl.

Seems 1996 started off with a bang. The Federal Government shutdown had reached Day 18 with no end in sight. The standoff was starting to hit pocket books.

A Recession was looming with indicators not being optimistic in light of news that consumers just weren't spending any money.

AT&T was poised to lay off 30,000 workers, hot on the heels of the 6,000 who lost their jobs just recently.

Some good news came from the direction of Science where the gene responsible for Heart Arrhythmia had been discovered. A sigh of relief all around.

The Chiapas Rebels were celebrating their 2nd anniversary by converting to a political force, rather than an armed one.

The Madonna Stalking Trial was set to begin with questions being raised over whether or not The Material Girl was going to show up and testify.

And the James Jordan (father of Michael Jordan) Murder Trial was set to resume.

Not an earth shattering day in history, but one still guaranteed to have you reaching for the Prilosec anyway.

And that's the way it went on January 2nd 1996 from the CBS World News Roundup.

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