October 18, 1978 – Yankees Twice In A Row – Beirut And The Non-Ceasefire Ceasefire That’s Holding – The Namibia Problem
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October 18, 1978 – The World Series came to a dramatic end, and for the 22nd time, The New York Yankees were the World Champions of Baseball. Beating the L.A, Dodgers 7-2, it became the Yankees second straight world championship. As one sportswriter put it “it was a couple nickel and dime hitters in a million dollar lineup who brought the Yankees victory”. Brian Doyle and Bucky Dent, at the bottom of the batting order, got six hits and five runs batted in between them. Doyle was in the minor leagues just six months earlier and Dent was only a 243 hitter during the regular season. Last night, Dent was named the Most Valuable Player in the series. And while the Yankees were busy drowning each other in Champagne, the Dodger’s Tommy Lasorda mumbled “wait till next year”.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world in Beirut, a tentative and tenuous ceasefire was still holding, a week and a half since it was declared. Now it was a wait-and-see game, to see how the Christian Militia units reacted to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance’ warning that whoever provokes more fighting would incur a heavy responsibility. The 30,000 man Syrian Army was not going to withdraw from Lebanon and it appeared they were determined to stay in Lebanon until the Christian Militias were either disarmed or cut off from the Israelis who supplied the Christians with weapons, ammunition and military training.
Much further South – Secretary Vance and other high-ranking Western diplomats were conferring in South African leaders in Pretoria over the Namibia problem. But South Africa’s Foreign Minister said he doubted they agree on a plan for Independence of that territory, now known as Southwest Africa. There were reports that President Carter had invited South African President P.W. Botha to Washington for a summit conference on the issue, but those reports were no confirmed.
And that’s just a sample of what went on, this October 18th in 1978, as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.