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December 18. It seems this news happen every few years. Another stalemate over a budget, another shutdown, another wave of hysteria. News for this December 18th in 1995 wasn’t any different.
Congress failed to pass a budget and the fallout was government shut down. A quarter-million furloughed employees as of this morning, picket lines, outrage, finger-pointing, tantrums, promises of revenge come November. With the second time in as many months and with virtually no movement with negotiations over the weekend, there was no indication of an early end to the stalemate. Both sides they expected more meetings this day, but nobody was saying when they were to take place or who would attend.
Sounds like this year, but no – it was 1995. And so the ritual began.
In other news (and there was), the weather in Tusla lifted and American troops and supplies began landing to begin their Bosnia peacekeeping mission. In Russia, votes were being counted in the Parliamentary elections and the Communists were surprise runners-up with 20% of the vote being cast and another blow to Boris Yeltsin. Israeli TV was getting ready to air newly-found video footage of the Rabin assassination (with closeups and everything) in primetime the following day (the 19th) which coincided with the beginning of the trial of Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir.
Another telephone merger was in the works, this time it was Bell-Atlantic and Ninex. If that one was pulled off it would make it the 2nd largest communications company behind AT&T, but the government had to approve.
Virginia McMartin, the central figure in the McMartin Pre-school purported child-abuse scandal died at the age of 81.
And the world turned yet another day, via the CBS World News Roundup for December 18, 1995.