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December 2, 1999 – Busy day of contrasts, from Seattle and Manchester, New Hampshire to the surface of Mars.
In Seattle, Mayor Paul Schell was determined to restore peace in his city, so a state of Civil Emergency remained in effect. Schell insisted there was no “Battle In Seattle” and regretted that some non-violent protestors had suffered. Demonstrations on this day did not prompt police intervention, even though crowd estimates went from several hundred the day before to several thousand this day. Two thousand or more marched peacefully to the King County Jail, in a show of solidarity to the some 500 protestors arrested and jailed the day before. For a time they encircled the jail which occupied an entire block. However, it appeared to be a much cooler atmosphere than in days past. Police were evident in force, but largely well-back from the demonstrators. Both sides appear to have gone to great pains not to incite the other.
And in Manchester New Hampshire it was debate time with GOP Candidates prepping for the first debate of the Campaign 2000 season. George W. Bush, the front-runner was suspiciously present at just about every function and campaign stop. When asked, Bush said he was looking forward to finally debating his opponents. Though Bush had an overwhelming lead nationwide, Senator John McCain of Arizona wound up polling even in New Hampshire, and he and the other GOP challengers were expected to go after Bush in this upcoming debate.
And scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory were holding their collective breath while they kept tabs on the Mars Polar Lander. It was scheduled to touch down the following day (December 3rd) on the Red Planet’s South Pole. The mission was to looking for evidence of water on Mars. The mission was four-years in the making.
And that’s a small slice of what went on, this December 2, 1999 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.
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