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Washington - President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev write the final chapter of the 45-year cold war and sign a treaty slashing their nation’s stockpiles of deadly chemical weapons and reach agreement in principle on a treaty which makes cuts in their nuclear weaponry.

 President Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev end four days of meetings on a good note. It ended at a first-ever White House news conference with the two superpower presidents.

At San Francisco, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev finishes his seven-day North American tour – ending it with Ron and Nancy Reagan as well as South Korean President Roh Tae Woo. He told Stanford students at a speech that “The Cold War is now behind us. I think and hope we’re entering a long period of peace.” 

The Secret Service is looking into an incident in which one of their agents reportedly shoved Condeleezza Rice (35), a Soviet affairs specialist and one of the Bush Administration’s top-ranking blacks. She was in the farewell line at San Francisco International Airport when she was shoved by an agent from the field office.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – June 1, 1990

Passing – Actor Rex Harrison – best-known for his role in “My Fair Lady” and “Dr. Doolittle.” He was 82.

Passing – Actor Jack Gilford. He was 82. Baby boomers remember him as the television pitchman for Cracker Jack, in which he and a group of children “fought” over the confection. 


Television news – June 1, 1990

Charlie Rose who anchors CBS overnight newscast “Nightwatch,” is set to anchor a new syndicated series “Personalities.”

 New faces on the troubled “Today” show. Due to declining ratings and revenue, these new faces will join Bryant Gumbel, Deborah Norville and Willard Scott  - Faith Daniels, correspondent Katherine Couric and Joe Garagiola. “Today” had been No. 1 in the morning show ratings until NBC brought Norville onto the show as a newsreader in August, leading to Jane Pauley’s decision to leave. 

Larry King signs a new five-year contract to remain with CNN for a reported $8 million. King, who is 56, said he had offers from others including CBS, but said the 5-year contract was very unusual and feels secure at CNN.

NBC says it has signed David Letterman and “Tonight” fill-in host Jay Leno to new multi-year contracts. 

 “Aunt Bee” – Items belonging to the late actress Francis Bavier were auctioned at her Raleigh, NC home. One fan even bought a rake for $45.00.

A new cable channel debuts this week – E!. The channel is cleared on over 500 cable systems with some 14 million subscribers. It’s actually a makeover of the 3-year-old old Movietime channel. MTV’s Lee Masters is at the helm, and he promises a bright channel with each hour divided into 25 segments such as news, gossip, health, beauty and other subjects.

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