Almost like clockwork - October usually means Southern California catches fire.

October 11, 1982 – Southern California Catches Fire Again – The Dow Hits A Thousand – No More Solidarity.

Almost like clockwork – October usually means Southern California catches fire.

October 11, 1982 – CBS World News Roundup – Charles Osgood – 9:00 am Network News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

October 11, 1982 – Almost a tradition, October is the month the Santa Ana winds blow and Southern California catches fire. This day in 1982 was no different. 60 mile an hour Santa Ana winds whipped through the hills of SoCal and, with a little help from the odd arsonist or two, fires raged and turned bone-dry brush into oceans of flame, destroying everything in its sight – upending wildlife – turning million dollar homes into burnt-out hulks. And on this day Southern California was right in the middle of it.

Also on this day, if you played the Stock Market your fortunes shot up as the Dow hit the 1,000 mark for the first time since is skated in that territory earlier in the year. Champagne corks were flying.

A 70-hour armed hostage standoff aboard an Amtrak sleeping car in Raleigh North Carolina ended after the gunman surrendered. A few hours earlier he released a 4-year old girl into the custody of police and hours later surrendered. It was not without tragedy as the gunman shot and killed a woman and her baby. The gunman was expected to be charged with two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping.

And news from Warsaw, Poland today reported there was no more Solidarity Movement, at least according to the Polish Parliament who declared it officially dead. However it was alive and healthy and very much underground and was continuing to show signs of healthy resistance. Leaflets issued by the banned leaders of four unions were being circulated calling for a general strike and demonstrations on November 10th which was the second anniversary of the Solidarity movement.

And that, along with updates on the Southern California fires, was a small slice of what went on, this November 11th in 1982 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup – Newsbreak with Charles Osgood and the 9:00 Network news.

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