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June 16, 1992 – A day of bafflement and raised eyebrows. Starting with the bombshell revelation from Russian President Boris Yeltsin that there was a very strong possibility that American POW’s from the Vietnam War were transferred to Soviet Labor Camps, according to KGB files. The disclosure was made during an interview with NBC news during Yeltsin’s flight to Washington for an official State Visit. If this were true, it would be the first time Moscow admitted to taking Vietnam POW’s but the truth remained to be seen. However it did lend credence to the theory that the Soviet Union was involved in the Vietnam war at some point.
Amid the revelations, Boris Yeltsin arrived in Washington and was getting a red-carpet White House welcome ahead of a planned two-day Summit meeting. The meeting was designed to cut through any remaining issues that precluded an agreement on limiting nuclear arms and other mutual deterrents. In addition, Yeltsin was looking for additional economic help from the U.S. for his reform efforts, but those bills were stalled in Congress and there were no signs of an administration appeal for Senate action would be heeded. Yeltsin was expected to address a joint session of Congress as well as meeting with Congressional leaders during his visit.
And the controversy around vice-President Dan Quayle’s spelling abilities was continuing. At issue was his appearance the day before at a Trenton New Jersey school where a student spelled the word Potato on a blackboard. Quayle told the student he was missing a letter and that the word was spelled p-o-t-a-t-o-e. So the puzzled boy added an E. To the amazement of reporters, Quayle praised the boy who later stood up for himself and said the vice-President was wrong and he was right. Quayle later admitted he was reading the incorrect spelling off a flash card he was reading, given to him by an assistant.
And that’s just a little of what went on, this very busy June 16th, 1992 as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.