News of the day for May 18th 1996. Negotiations continuing in Montana at the Freemen compound standoff, aftermath of the Valu-Jet crash in The Everglades, Romano Prodi elected as President of Italy, Bob Dole resigns Senate Seat to begin campaign for Presidency, Admiral Boorda suicide, the Whitewater Trial deliberations, and a half-page from a speech delivered by Abraham Lincoln goes for $500,000 at auction.
May 18, 2011

The Valu-Jet crash site. After the shock, the mundane act of retrieval.

Not nearly as busy as 1980, but May 18th in 1996 was full of its fair share of drama, horror and perplexity. Starting with news of the aftermath of the Valu-Jet passenger plane crash in the Everglades and the continuing search for black boxes, bodies and answers. Senator Bob Dole delivers an impassioned address upon his resignation from the Senate in order to campaign for the Presidential nomination for the Republican party. Romano Prodi is sworn in as President of Italy. The Whitewater Trial goes into deliberation. The Freemen standoff in Montana continues with negotiations dragging on. Admiral Mike Boorda's suicide raises many questions and finger pointing at the media over his mis-representation of medals and the Tailhook scandal. The FAA comes under criticism from the Valu-Jet disaster. Voice of America icon Willis Conover succumbs after a long battle with Cancer and a half-page of a speech delivered by Abraham Lincoln fetches $500,000 at auction.

All in one day via NPR's Weekend Edition for May 18, 1996 (A Saturday that year). With commentary by Daniel Schorr.

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