The Patient On Floor 17 – October 23, 1979
News for this October 23rd in 1979 was a harbinger of things to come.
On this day, The Shah of Iran arrived in New York from Mexico, for what was described as a “battery of tests” at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center. The Hospital disclosed he was “in serious condition” but did not elaborate what he was suffering from.
Despite protests, it was looking like the Shah was going to stay.
Moshe Dayan‘s resignation from the day before went into effect today. At a press conference, Dayan confirmed his decision to step down was based largely on the autonomy talks with Egypt and that the Begin government had other plans which he didn’t agree with.
And in Japan, Prime Minister Ohira’s hope for re-election was in the hands of two men; both of whom were former Prime Ministers Ohira helped push from power when Ohira initially ran for office. Nothing like eating a large helping of Crow in order to save your political life. The alternative seemed worse; resign.
President Carter was assembling a task force to outline relief efforts for famine conditions in Cambodia.
And the Presidential commission reporting on the Three-Mile Island Nuclear Power plant accident earlier in the year finally completed its report. The report was expected to raise a red-flag over the issue of safety with Nuclear Power, but it won’t recommend a freeze on the construction of new Nuclear Power Plants, nor on the licensing of plants already under construction. the report was expected to be tough, including asking for the dismantling of the present Nuclear Regulatory Commission and reforming it into an Agency, with a Director and an oversight board focused on safety and several other measures.
Meanwhile, the cleanup at Three-Mile Island was underway. An air-bubble was preventing the cleaning of contaminated water and nuclear technicians had been struggling to come up with a solution.
Ted Kennedy was ramping up the rhetoric in what was looking like a serious run for the Presidency in 1980. In an appearance in Philadelphia the previous night, Kennedy intensified his attacks on Carter’s leadership, mentioning it some 17 times in the course of an address in support of the Mayoral candidacy of William Green.
And Big Oil was busy being Big Oil, with Exxon reporting a 118% increase in profits for 3rd quarter 1979 over the same period in 1978.
That’s how it went, and a whole lot more this October 23rd, 1979 as reported by the CBS World News Roundup.