Clinton, Bush, Other Men Who Made History Today

Men Who Made History Today

1990        Dec 7, As President Bush arrived in Venezuela on the last stop of his South American tour, his chief spokesman, Marlin Fitzwater, warned Iraq that there was “no lessening in the threat of war,” despite Iraq’s promise to release its hostages.

1993        Dec 7, Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders suggested that the government study the impact of drug legalization.

1995        Dec 7, Under Republican pressure, President Clinton reluctantly presented a seven-year balanced-budget plan that was quickly criticized by GOP lawmakers.

1998        Dec 7, Pres. Clinton announced the removal of Iran from the list of drug problem countries due to an energetic campaign to eliminate opium poppies.

1998        Dec 7, In Russia Pres. Yeltsin left the hospital, fired several aides and returned to the hospital to recover from pneumonia.

2003        Dec 7, Former Guatemala Pres. Arnoldo Aleman, dogged by corruption allegations for years, was convicted of embezzling millions of dollars from his impoverished country and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

2005        Dec 7, Kazakhstan’s Pres. Nursultan Nazarbayev was officially declared the winner of last weekend’s election, while the opposition insisted the vote was manipulated.

2007        Dec 7, Barry Bonds pleaded not guilty in San Francisco to charges he’d lied to federal investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs.

2007        Dec 7, Gyude Bryant, a former president of Liberia (2003-2005), was arrested for violating the conditions of his bail while on trial on charges of embezzling $1.3 million in government funds.

2008        Dec 7, Francois-Xavier Lalanne (81), French sculptor, died at his home in Ury. For 40 years he and his wife worked in tandem, producing some works jointly, others independently.

2009        Dec 7, President Hugo Chavez said that Venezuela has received thousands of Russian-made missiles and rocket launchers as part of his government’s military preparations for a possible armed conflict with neighboring Colombia.

2011        Dec 7, Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Russian authorities should annul the results of the parliamentary vote and hold a new one, as popular indignation grew over widespread allegations of election fraud. Thousands of Russians have rallied in Moscow and St. Petersburg in the last two days, facing off against tens of thousands of police and Interior Ministry troops. Popular anger boiled over into a 3rd straight night of protests with scores arrested in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

2012        Dec 7, Khaled Mashaal, the exiled Hamas chief, broke into tears as he arrived in the Gaza Strip for his first-ever visit. Mashaal had left the West Bank as a child. He leads the Islamic militant movement from Qatar.

2013        Dec 7, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said that Afghanistan’s defense minister reassured him that a security agreement with the US will be signed in a timely manner.

2014        Dec 7, Russia’s Pres. Vladimir Putin discussed energy collaboration with leaders of Hungary and Serbia.

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