October 23, 1985 – The day started off the good news. The Chrysler Auto Strike that lasted for two weeks and came to an end after 42 non-stop hours of negotiations, finally came to an end as UAW President Owen Bieber stepped up to eager microphones at 3:15 am this morning. A general sigh of relief from auto workers who were happier to be carrying rivet guns over picket signs. Still, the strike cost hovered somewhere around $100 million and the negotiated wage increase put the tally at roughly $1 billion a year.
Meanwhile, New York city was playing host to the biggest gathering of world leaders in history. Hotels were packed to overflowing, normally jammed streets were now gridlocked and Manhattan island in general was blanketed with anti-terrorist security, all in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the founding of The United Nations. President Reagan arrived, kicking off three days of what the White House referred to as “meaningful discussions” with some two dozen of the 80 world leaders assembled in New York. White House officials said the list did not include Nicaragua’s President Ortega, but might include Soviet Foreign Minister Shevardnadze. Mr. Reagan was seeking the advice from the leaders of Japan, West Germany, Canada, Britain and Italy prior to his meeting with Soviet leader Gorbachev, slated for November. Mr. Reagan was also scheduled to meet privately with the leaders of India and Pakistan. In his speech the following day, the President was expected to discuss his agenda for the Gorbachev meeting, not only reducing Nuclear Weapons, but also possibly ways of ending the war in Afghanistan. A lot on the plate. But Soviet leader Gorbachev has already had a series of meetings with this allies, The Warsaw Pact nations.
And that’s a small taste of what went on, this October 23rd in 1985 as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.