Nov-30: Breakthroughs and the Battle in Seattle

 

1982

Michael Jackson releases “Thriller”

In just over a year, Thriller became—and currently remains—the best-selling album of all time, with estimate sales of 65 million copies worldwide according to various sources.  At its peak it sold over 1 million copies per week.

1995

President Clinton Becomes First President to Visit Northern Ireland

He would make three visits before the end of his term and his role in The Good Friday Accords that have brought peace to Northern Ireland is one of his greatest foreign policy accomplishments.

As the BBC said during his final visit to Northern Ireland:

But few doubt the importance of the role that he played in helping to get Northern Ireland’s divided community to sit down together with the common goal of consigning violence and inequality to the past.

1999

WTO Talks Disrupted By “Battle in Seattle”

Over 40,000 anti-globalization protesters descended on Seattle to disrupt World Trade Organization meetings by blocking streets and intersections downtown to prevent delegates from reaching the convention center, where the meeting was to be held

From Wikipedia:

 

The police were eventually overwhelmed by the mass of protesters downtown, including many who had chained themselves together and were blocking intersections. . . . At noon, the opening ceremony at the convention center was officially cancelled It took police much of the afternoon and evening to clear the streets. Seattle mayor Paul Schelldeclared a state of emergency, imposed a curfew, and a 50-block “no-protest zone”.

The protests were viewed as a success by organizers.

. . .Prior to the “Battle of Seattle”, almost no mention was made of “antiglobalization” in the US media, while the protests were seen as having forced the media to report on ‘why’ anybody would oppose the WTO.

Scott Pelley of “60 Minutes” interviewed the protest organizers and city officials following the riots.

The protests were dramatized in the 2007 film “Battle in Seattle.”

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