The Pope Mobile going through its paces.

The Pope Mobile going through its paces.

Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for Oct. 5, 1979

News for this October 5th in 1979 had to do with good jobs numbers in September and the unemployment rate slipping below 6%. Then, as now, it took most everyone by surprise, but the numbers were reassuring the recession was turning around. Extra added bonus was the news the United Auto Workers had reached a tentative contract with Ford.

Meanwhile, Pope John Paul II was continuing his coast-to-coast tour of the U.S. with his arrival in Chicago, to a huge crowd, with over a million expected later on in the evening.

On Capitol Hill – crossing t’s and dotting i’s over the SALT II treaty, making sure everything was verifiable.

That, and a lot more, was how this day rolled in 1979 via Dallas Townsend and The CBS World News Roundup.

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