February 5, 1996 – A busy news day with contrasts. The body of Sgt. Donald Dugan was heading back to Ohio this day, the first U.S. Peacekeeper to be killed in Bosnia. Dugan, who was killed over the weekend had died as the result of extensive head injuries. The Army autopsy report was released countered UN claims Dugan died as the result of a landmine. Dugan had in fact died from a piece of unexploded ordinance he was handling.
In other news from Bosnia: A UN Human Rights investigator reported that Serb authorities claimed an estimated 8,000 Muslim men, missing since the previous Summer were in fact killed, although the Serbs said they died in combat and weren’t summarily executed. Investigator Elizabeth Raine visited Srebrenica which the Serbs overran the previous July where she met local Serb commanders. Raine also found no Muslim prisoners being held in the stated town, the strongest indication yet that the men were in fact dead and that thousands of them were believed to be buried in mass graves which Raines pledged to begin excavating.
The latest Cold snap was causing havoc throughout the U.S. with sub-zero temperatures hitting otherwise balmy Florida. In line to receive damage was the citrus crop, which farmers were scrambling to save.
And Medicare was reportedly in worse trouble than originally thought. The Trust Fund lost a reported $36 million in 1995, the first red ink in 25 years. President Clinton was preparing to send his 1997 budget to congress, which had yet to resolve the 1996 budget. Clinton told attendees at a morning round table with Governors he predicted a deal with one budget issue; Welfare Reform.
And that’s just a little of what was going on, this February 5, 1996 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup. Click on the player and hear the whole thing.