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CAMPAIGN ' 96 Colin Powell kept the na- tion in suspense during his national book tour in the fall. Politicians, the press, and the public awaited his decision as to whether or not he would chose to run for the presidency in 1996. Speculation was that he would seek the Republican Party nomination. How- ever, Powell decided not to run, citing pressure from his family and a lack of desire at the time. Women ' s Conference Calls for Equality Hillary Clinton ' s first visit to China proved to be a memorable one. In her speech at the United Nation ' s Fourth World Conference on Women, the First Lady stressed the importance of equal rights and freedom of expression for women. Many women who had registered for the conference faced obstacles in getting into China. The First Lady al- 194 Retrospect DUPED Enid Waldholtz, first-year Republican Congresswoman from Utah, had to explain her finances to the nation when it was revealed that her husband had left a trail of unpaid vendors and bounced checks across the country. Her involvement was under investigation, but she ap- peared to have been deceived by her husband. He attempted to flee but was caught by the FBI after 6 days on the run. BEATLE-MANIA The Beatles released the fir single, " Free as a Bird, " part of " The Beatles Anthc ogy, Volume 1, " which eluded other unreleasf songs. The record soared the top of the sales chart, 1 coming one of the fastes selling albums ever. photo courtesy ot The Associated Press Use Whoever disagreed with the statement that education paid well did not take into consideration the average salaries of full professors at the top ten schools in the country: Harvard-$ 104,200; Caltech-$ 100,700; Stanford-$99,900; Princeton-$98,200; Yale-$96,500; Rutgers (Newark)- $96,500; Penn-$93,200; Rockefeller-$93,100; MIT- $93,100; NYU-$93,000. most canceled the trip becai of objections from U.S. Sta Department officials. Th| wanted her to postpone unl Chinese dissident and Ameij can citizen Harry Wu was leased from a Chinese prise China relented and releas Wu just prior to the confej ence. Mrs. Clinton surprised audience and the host nati j by condemning Beijing for treatment of women ' s rigl activists. Protestors said tl " were harassed by authorities Huairou, China, just 30 mi away. The conference platfoij called for stronger measures [ alleviate women ' s poverty improve health care, job portunities, and education, also called for a worldwide fort to end to discriminatil " against women.
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Harry Wu Released from Chinese Prison On Aug. 24, hu- man rights activist Harry Wu set foot on American soil after being impris- oned in China for 66 days. Wu, a na- tive of China and a naturalized U.S. citizen, had been taken into custody ion June 19 while trying to enter China at a remote border crossing. He was convicted on charges of stealing state secrets and entenced to 15 ears in Chinese dson. Wuwasre- .eased and deported ack to the U.S. in tteut Uj Use photo courtesy of The Associated Press Despite ongoing discussions about cutting government spending, there were still some questionable budget deci- sions. The Pentagon allocated over $150 million for military bands in 1995. Part of this budget went towards purchasing $65 custom-made earplugs for each band member in order to prevent hearing loss caused by indoor practice sessions. 60 MINUTES The popular CBS TV show " 60 Minutes " shocked viewers by refusing to run a story that criticized the tobacco indus- try. Citing possible lawsuits, CBS officials decided that the network would be better off not pressing the matter. PEACE Balkan leaders gathered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, as part of a U.S. attempt to bro- ker peace in the former Yu- goslavian states. The leaders of Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia Herzegovina reached a peace agreement following 21 days of discussion, and the war which killed thousands and left 3 million homeless, came to a close. SPACE The Hubble space telescope, once considered to be hopelessly flawed before extensive repairs took place, sent back close-up pictures of distant galaxies that were ten times as sharp as those previously produced. Scores of breakthroughs in astronomy took place as a result. photo courtesy nf The Associated Press an apparent attempt to improve the delicate relations between the U.S. and China. Wu ' s trip to China was one of several clandestine treks he had made since 1991 for the purpose of researching and filming evidence of abuses in China ' s prison labor camps. His efforts had resulted in televi- sion documentaries that gained international attention. It was during Wu ' s last trip across the border that guards recognized him and held him for ques- tioning. A hero ' s welcome greeted Wu as he stepped off the plane in San Francisco, Calif. Along with his wife Ching-Lee were dozens of supporters carrying " Welcome Home " signs, yel- low ribbons, and roses crowd- ing the airport. A few days af- ter his return, Wu and his wife cut down the yellow ribbon that had been hanging on the City Hall of his hometown of Milpitas, Calif, throughout his imprisonment. BUDGET The United States government shut the doors to all federal of- fices when an agreement could not be reached between Con- gress and President Clinton on budget issues. Eight hundred thousand federal employees took unplanned vacations until the two sides were able to work out a temporary agreement that re- opened most offi ces. CARTOONS The Sunday comic pages took a turn for the worse when cartoon- ist Bill Watterson announced that he would cease to draw the popu- lar strip " Calvin and Hobbes. " It came one year after Gary Larson announced an end to his famous strip, " The Far Side. " Retrospect 1 95
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