Michael Fay

Michael Fay - Four swats, instead of six.

April 20, 1994 – Nixon And Gorazde Take Turns For The Worse – The Rod Heard ‘Round The World In Singapore

Michael Fay
Michael Fay – Four swats, instead of six.

April 20, 1994 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

April 20, 1994 -Busy day, news-wise.

Beginning with word that former President Nixon had suffered a stroke and was not expected to pull out of it. Nixon had been in deteriorating health in recent months. On April 22, 1994, Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, died after suffering a stroke four days earlier, at the age of 81. His state funeral followed five days later at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in his hometown of Yorba Linda, California.

Nixon suffered a cerebral vascular accident (a stroke) on April 18 at his home in Park Ridge, New Jersey, and was taken to New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center. After an initial favorable prognosis, Nixon slipped into a deep coma and died four days later. But on this day, fingers were still crossed that Nixon would pull through.

In the boiling pot of civil war and genocide, the situation around Gorazde in the region of the Balkans was deteriorating. Initially designated a United Nations Safe Area, Between March 30 and April 23, 1994, the Serbs launched a major offensive against the town. After air strikes against Serb tanks and outposts and a NATO ultimatum, Serb forces agreed to withdraw their artillery and armored vehicles 20 km (12 mi) from the town.

And the situation in Singapore over a proposed caning got the world noticing. Michael Fay, a United States citizen who was the subject of international attention in 1994 when he was sentenced to six strokes of the cane in Singapore for theft and vandalism at age 18. Although caning is a routine court sentence in Singapore, its use caused controversy in the United States, and Fay’s case was believed to be the first caning involving an American citizen.The number of cane strokes in Fay’s sentence was ultimately reduced from six to four after United States officials requested leniency.

And that’s a small slice of what went on, this April 20, 1994 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.

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