October 9, 1990 – A busy day, starting on Capitol Hill where a last minute settlement spelled an end to the potential Doomsday Scenario of a government without money. At 7:07 a.m. in The Oval Office, President Bush signed emergency legislation averting massive layoffs of government workers for another 10 days. But his acceptance of the budget resolution that accompanied it was conditional. The President said bluntly he was not fully satisfied with the House and Senate passed resolution and hoped the Senate Committee would approve a final package which closely followed both the letter and spirit of the Summit agreement; the same package the House rejected over the previous weekend. The President admitted he had no guarantees the House would pass a budget he wanted, and he promised that, unless he got a final bill by the October 19th deadline; a budget with no smoke and no mirrors – a budget with growth-oriented tax incentives, he would be willing to face a government shutdown once again.
Meanwhile in the Middle East, a crisis of another sort – grief and anger over the 19 Arabs shot dead by Israeli police during a stone-throwing demonstration in the Old City of Jerusalem. About 140 others were wounded on the bloodiest day of the Intifada. On this day, for the first time ever, Israeli Police closed the holy Temple Mount and teargassed Arabs trying to break through. The funerals for the 19 dead were taking place in just about every Arab neighborhood, accompanied by Nationalist and Religious chants. And many Arabs not a graveside were busy battling police with further clashes taking place in Jerusalem and other neighborhoods outside the Old City walls, and in Israel’s north, home to one of the Arab victims who was an Israeli citizen. The United Nations expressed outrage over the killings and called for renewed peace efforts.
Back home: The obscenity trial over 2Live Crew was beginning with prospective jurors hearing a description of the alleged actions by the group at a recent concert in Florida. Red faces and raised eyebrows all around.
And John Lennon would have turned 50 on this day.
That’s a small slice of what went on in the world, this October 9th in 1990 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.