Growing Pains – July 1, 1991


Yugoslav tank and Truck roadbock. Harbinger of things to come.
Yugoslav tank and Truck roadbock. Harbinger of things to come.

. . .CBS World News Roundup – July 1, 1991 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection.

Starting July off with a bang in 1991. Beginning with a list of base closures from The Pentagon, guaranteed to make a lot of people upset while the Military establishment shrank. Among the list of closures was Fort Ord in Northern California and the Long Beach Naval Station spelled a loss of jobs for some 27,000 people alone, and in a recession, the news came at the worst time.

Meanwhile, life went on. The Soviet Parliament passed a landmark law allowing the sale of state-run industry to private operators, even foreigners. And for the first time, Soviet citizens were eligible for Unemployment insurance.

The Warsaw Pact was formally buried this July 1st with East European leaders signing abolition papers, thus ending a Cold War remnant begun in 1955 as a reaction to NATO.

In Yugoslavia, there were grumblings of trouble, as it was wondered if the National Army would go along with orders to stand down in breakaway Slovenia, after civilian leaders agreed to back off from civil war. Negotiations were underway, but fingers were crossed.

And Iowa teenagers were facing $100 fines for smoking, as a law had just passed making it illegal to light up before you were 18.

And that’s a little of what happened, this July 1st in 1991 as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.

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