September 11, 1997 in Nation/World



Ten years ago: The CBS-TV network went black for six minutes after anchorman Dan Rather walked off the set of “The CBS Evening News” because a tennis tournament being carried by the network ran overtime. (The tennis coverage ended abruptly, catching Rather off-guard.)

Five years ago: Hurricane Iniki struck Hawaii, leaving at least five people dead and more than 10,000 homes damaged or destroyed. Also, President Bush announced he was approving the sale of 72 F-15 jet fighters to Saudi Arabia.

One year ago: Two top officials with the Health and Human Services Department resigned over President Clinton’s signing of the Republican welfare overhaul bill. (Another official had resigned the month before.)

Thoughts and opinions on this story? Click here to comment >>

Get stories like this in a free daily email