Seventh Coup Attempt

Seven coup attempts in four years.

Seven coup attempts in four years.

For the seventh time since she took office four years earlier, Philippines President Corazon Aquino was faced with yet another military coup.

From 1986 to 1990 numerous coup attempts were enacted on the Aquino administration and the new Philippine government. Many of these attempts were conducted by the Reform the Armed Forces Movement, who attempted to establish a military government, while other attempts were conducted by loyalists to former President Marcos. On this day it was coup Number 7.

The newly reunited Germany held its first Parliamentary session since the days before Hitler in 1933. For a short time, German Unity, which in constitutional terms was completed on October 3, 1990 with the accession of the five new federal states “to the area of validity of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany”, triggered exuberant collective joy, borne by the certainty of being able to shoulder the challenges of the unification process. What followed, however was what Bertolt Brecht once called “the trudge across the flatlands”. The difficulties many Germans had with their newly found freedom were also a consequence of the fact that it came when hardly anybody had been expecting it and at a speed no one was used to. On this day, arms reduction talks were underway between the West and the Soviet Union with a treaty signing expected within the month.

The situation in the Middle East with the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait was growing more and more tense with rumors of Iraqi excursions into Saudi Arabia.

On Capitol Hill, protests over the Bush Budget Plan (Bush Sr.) were sending strong messages to Congress, particularly during an off-year election coming up. President Bush postponed a two-day campaign swing in order to stay in Washington and twist arms.

All this, and a lot more for this October 4th in 1990, as reported on The CBS World News Roundup.

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