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October 14, 1991 – The melodrama of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings was over, but the dilemma stuck around. To millions of Americans, the final judgement over whether or not Clarence Thomas did harass Anita Hill were left confused. Most were unable to be sure if either Clarence Thomas or Anita Hill were telling the truth, even though she passed a lie-detector test but Thomas did not take one. It was all boiling down to a vote, to take place at 6:00 pm the following day, whether or not Clarence Thomas would be sitting on the bench of the Supreme Court. Sides were still divided, even though the vote was expected to be in reference to the entire career of Clarence Thomas, not just this one incident. Debate and testimony continued through an unusual Sunday session of Congress and testimony of witnesses continued until 2 in the morning before it was wrapped up.
Still, it brought up a bigger question and started a conversation that continues to this day; what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace? From it would spring countless cases and social movements.
There was other news – The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Burmese Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who faced down the military’s regime and had been under house arrest since 1989. She was cited for one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades. The prize was worth $1million.
And the PLO’s Central council was slated to meet in a few days to decide whether Palestinians would take part in a U.S./Soviet sponsored Middle-East Peace conference. Secretary of State Baker flew from Cairo to Jordan, the second stop on his 8th Middle-East peace journey of the year. One unsettled issue; who would represent the Palestinians? The PLO said it had to approve, but Israel said it would walk out. Much to settle and arm-twist before the end of the month.
And that’s just a small bit of what went on this October 14, 1991 as presented by the CBS World News Roundup.