Lithuania during their "come to Jesus" moment.

The Breakaway Republic Epidemic – April 3, 1990

Lithuania during their "come to Jesus" moment.

Lithuania during their “come to Jesus” moment.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – CBS World News Roundup  – April 3, 1990 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Four months into the new decade – the last one of the 20th Century and the world was knee-deep in changes.

On this April 3rd in 1990, news was about breakaway republics – most notably the former Soviet satellite Lithuania. Fears were coming from Vilnius that Soviet troops had massed between Lithuania and Poland and that Moscow had closed off the border between the two countries. An ominous sign that things were heating up in the wrong way. Diplomats were dispatched to Moscow to try and reach some negotiated settlement of the crisis. They had optimism, but not a lot of hope.

Bulgaria elected a new President, the first positive move in the country since the bloodless coup the previous year.

Israel was busy launching spy satellites and went on to say they were not intimidated by Iraq’s Saddam Hussein’s threat to use chemical weapons against Israel.

India was going through troubles of their own, with bombs going off in the midst of protests by Hindus over the troubled Punjab state. The terrorist attacks, which killed some 10 people and wounding at least 50. Officials suspected the attacks were the work of Sikh Separatists.

The question of the Death Penalty in California was going through its paces on this particular day. The planned execution of convicted murderer Robert Alton Harris was postponed for the fourth time, causing frustration and anger among the state’s Capitol Punishment proponents. Harris was sentenced to death and on death row for more than a decade over the murders of two San Diego teenagers.

After weeks of debate, the Senate was getting ready to vote on legislation aimed at improving the air we breathe and setting up tighter clean-air standards. The goal was to protect lungs without damaging the economy.

And Japan was excited about a possible break-through in trade negotiations. Two high-level Japanese emissaries rushed to Washington to see Secretary of State James Baker and President Bush to tell them the good news.

And that’s just a little of what went on, this April 3rd in 1990 via The CBS World News Roundup.

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