October 21, 1996 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
October 21, 1996 – A Monday, that year. The GM Canada Auto-Strike was looking cautious but upbeat. With Labor and Management resolving the out-sourcing issue at the core of the nearly three-week old strike, both sides were hopeful a tentative settlement would be reached by noon on this day. The strike had idled nearly 3,000 workers in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Fingers were crossed that understandings and language as a possible monkey-wrench could be avoided – at the moment, they were close enough to get to a settlement but also close enough to fall apart.
Israeli Tax officials raided a High-Tech firm owned by Media magnate Rupert Murdoch. Files and computer data were seized as part of a $150 million tax fraud investigation. Individuals at the company were being questioned by the officials in what was the biggest case of tax evasion in Israel’s history. Officials said Murdoch’s Jerusalem-based company developed sophisticated encryption systems for TV broadcasters and smuggled them abroad and seized thousands of documents related to the company. Murdoch said the allegations were baseless.
And with fifteen days before voters went to the polls in Election ’96, both President Clinton and GOP hopeful Bob Dole were busy stumping and plotting. Clinton was playing the clock and Dole was busy re-assessing strategy. Clinton was at a Democratic fundraiser in New York, along with singer Harry Belafonte. Clinton was concerned that, with his big lead in the polls, voters ran the risk of being complacent and skipping out on voting this year. Two weeks and many miles left to go.
And that’s a small slice of what happened, this October 21st 1996 as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.
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