San Franciscok - the air was filled with Mondale. (Photo - Ron Dirito)

Mondale Clinches Nomination – Mass Murder At McDonalds – France Goes House-Cleaning – July 19, 1984

San Francisco – the air was filled with Mondale. (Photo – Ron Dirito)

– July 19, 1984 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

A day mixed with celebration and horror, this July 19th in 1984. From San Francisco it was the once-every-four-year ritual of selecting a Presidential candidate, For the Democrats it was Walter Mondale and his soon-to-be-running mate Geraldine Ferraro, the first Woman to become a vice-Presidential nominee in America.

Before the convention had convened, Walter Mondale was widely regarded as having secured the prerequisite delegate support to clinch the nomination. However, Mondale only attained this amount of delegate support with the inclusion of superdelegates that supported his candidacy. His number of pledged delegates (those bound to him and awarded through primaries) alone did not give him enough of a lead to win the nomination without superdelegate support. His number of pledged delegates heading into the convention was 40 shy of the 1,967 needed to win the nomination.

In other news. A scene of unimagined horror as a heavily armed gunman walked into a McDonald’s near San Diego in San Ysidro and matter-of-factly gunned down some 20 customers, most of the children with the youngest being six months.The gunman, James Huberty, fatally shot 21 people and wounded 19 others before being killed by a police sniper approximately 77 minutes after he had first opened fire.
At the time, the massacre was the deadliest mass shooting by a lone gunman in U.S. history.

And France was undergoing something of a political transformation. The key members of the cabinet who set the tone for the government of France for the first three years of Socialist rule were gone as of this day. The Communist members were also gone, leaving only the relatively moderate Socialist members hanging on to their jobs. The newly announced Finance Minister was a novice at his new job, being neither an economist nor businessman, he was expected to face a tough uphill battle in order to restore confidence in the economy and the weak French Franc needed in the International Financial community.

And while the celebrations over the Mondale nomination were continuing for this last day of the Convention, that was only a sample of what went on, this July 19, 1984 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.

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