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Everybody knew who Lenny was.

Passing Of A Legend – Leonard Bernstein – October 14, 1990

Everybody knew who Lenny was.

Everybody knew who Lenny was.

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Sad news for this October 14th in 1990. The passing of Music Icon Leonard Bernstein at 72, from Cardiac Arrest. The conductor, guiding light for the New York Philharmonic for years, was also one of the great composers of the 20th Century – giving the world, among so many other pieces, the score to West Side Story. A tireless performer, he only announced his retirement from Conducting a few days earlier, citing his Doctors advice to take time off and rest. The news sent shock waves all over the Music world, and even came as a surprise to many who had known Leonard Bernstein was ill for some time.

But there was other news, this day 25 years ago. The Israeli government said it wasn’t going to cooperate in a United Nations investigation of the killing of Palestinians in Jerusalem the week before. It comes as part of a UN resolution passed by the Security Council, condemning Israel – a resolution Israel categorically rejected. As a result, demonstrations in Jeruslame were called to protest and ask that an independent investigation be launched into the killings.

And dozens of Las Vegas tourists were sent to the hospital after sewer gas backed up inside two casinos earlier in the day. Most of the 95 people taken to the hospital complained of nausea and breathing difficulties at the Excalibur and Tropicana Hotels.

And that’s a little of what went on this October 14th in 1990, as presented by CBS Radio‘s Hourly News.

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