Arraignments, Surrenders And The Hail Capitol Of America – May 6, 1995
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May 6th 1995 was about killer storms in the Dallas area of Texas, the arraignment of Terry Nichols, army buddy of Oklahoma City Bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh and the much-anticipated forty year anniversary of VE Day, ending the War in Europe in 1945.
The killer storms in Texas were responsible for 8 deaths and over 100 injuries, dubbing Dallas the Hail Capitol of America, since the city was pummeled in soft-ball sized hail. Damage to the city was expected to reach $ 1/2 Billion when the final tallies came in.
Terry Nichols was charged with complicity in the Oklahoma City bombing, by aiding his former Army buddy Timothy McVeigh. FBI Investigators contend Nichols helped McNichols make the bomb and drove to Oklahoma City in order to pick up McVeigh after the bombing.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Janet Reno rejected and called outrageous, claims from some that the Oklahoma City bombing was justified for the FBI’s handling of the 1993 Waco incident, which the Oklahoma City bombing was reportedly retribution for.
The U.S. Coast Guard were returning 13 Cuban men, picked up while trying to make it to Florida. It was the first such return since a new law was passed regarding Cuban Boat People the same status as illegal immigrants.
And celebrations were starting early as the 50th Anniversary of VE Day was approaching. The War in Europe, officially over on May 8th 1945, signaled the end of hostilities between Nazi Germany, the U.S., England, France and The Soviet Union – the collapse and total defeat of Germany and the first half of the end of World War 2. There was some dispute as to when the actual VE Day was, since news of the actual surrender was leaked to the some members of the Press before it was made official. Still – it was over in Europe, and fifty years later there was celebrating. Some for the last time, as the ranks of Veterans of World War 2 were getting thinner and thinner by 1995.
And that’s a small portion of what happened on this rather busy May 6th 1995, as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.