February 16, 1998 – A Blink From Baghdad – News From Nagano – Titanic #1 Nine Weeks In A Row
February 16, 1998 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
February 16, 1998 – Busy news day – starting with news from Baghdad about the ongoing flap over weapons inspections. More balking from Sadaam Hussein and more foot dragging. President Clinton was getting ready to ask Congress for full military response to the stalling. And the United Nations was asking Secretary General Kofi Anan to make a personal diplomatic mission to Baghdad to help diffuse the potentially explosive issue. Latest word from Baghdad was an offer to allow testing to resume; a hint that someone in Baghdad blinked. Time would tell.
And the Winter Olympics in Nagano were blazing ahead. Latest news from the Hockey competition revealed Team Canada beat Team USA 4-1. U.S. in Men’s Hockey. Coach Ron Wilson conceded the road to Gold for the USA would probably run through Canada. As expected, Canada was proving to be the team to beat in Olympic Men’s Hockey. The US was getting ready to head into the Medal round.
Still unresolved was the issue of Monica Lewinsky’s testimony in the Clinton/Intern scandal on Capitol Hill. Lewinsky’s lawyer William Ginzburg said he was disgusted with Kenneth Starr’s investigation and insisted there was an immunity deal. Ginzburg said Lewinsky’s mother was still under a doctor’s care; the Grand Jury experience was that rough. The next witness up was former Secret Service officer Louis Fox on what he may have seen regarding the goings-on in the Oval Office.
And the Presidents Holiday weekend kept the movie Titanic afloat, putting it in first place at the box office for the 9th week in a row and with a North American gross of nearly $71 million, it was right behind Star Wars and E.T. as the all-time domestic money maker.
That’s just a small slice of what went on, this February 16, 1998 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.