October 12, 1987 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
October 12, 1987 – Busy news day. Tropical Storm Floyd became Hurricane Floyd with winds clocking in at 75 miles an hour, heading towards the Florida coast with residents along beach and island communities being advised to voluntarily evacuate. Rainfall was expected to be at least 10 inches and winds were expected to rapidly increase as it got closer to land.
The 1987 Nobel prize for medicine went to Susumu Tonegawa for his discovery of the genetic principle for generation of antibody diversity. His research led to a better understanding of the human body’s immune system. Tonegawa also became the first Nobel recipient to have to share his $300,000 prize with the IRS. Win some – lose some.
Vice-President George H.W. Bush became candidate George H.W. Bush earlier in the day with the announcement of his intention to run for President once his boss, President Reagan leaves office at the end of his term in 1988. The announcement was expected and Bush was expected to be a shoe-in for the nomination, although some operatives in the GOP were concerned a Bush Presidency could loosely translate as Reagan II. Despite Bush’s acknowledgement that Ronald Reagan was the most popular President in a long time as well as a tough act to follow, he insisted he was his own man – citing his long tenure on Capitol Hill before landing the VP gig.
And some 200,000 Gay and Lesbian activists and their supporters staged a demonstration in Washington Sunday to demand equal rights and more money to fight AIDS. Starting off the week, marchers were heading to Capitol Hill to lobby members of Congress to increase funding for AIDS research and to draft anti-discrimination legislation.
And that’s just a sample of what went on, this October 12, 1987 as reported by the CBS World News Roundup.
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