November 1, 1979 - Park And Mamie.


News of the day began with the massive outpouring of grief over the funeral of recently assassinated South Korean leader Park Chung Hee. Estimates placed the number of mourners lining the procession route at roughly 2 million.

In other mourning news - former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower was scheduled to be buried next to former President Eisenhower in Abilene Kansas. Mamie Eisenhower had suffered a stroke on September 25th and never regained consciousness, dying quietly in the early hours of November 1st.

In the "Life goes on" department - the situation in Cambodia was continuing, the U.S. was planning on cutting off aid to Bolivia. The SALT II Treaty was at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The 1980 Presidential campaign was heating up. Presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Kennedy called for a moratorium on Nuclear Power Plan construction, citing the recent 3 Mile Island catastrophe as a plausible reason.

A threatened strike by workers at American Airlines was averted and the Pegasus II Satellite was expected to crash somewhere on earth on this particular day. Nobody knew exactly where.

And that was what happened on this November 1st in 1979 as told by Neil Strawser and the CBS World News Roundup.


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