January 3, 1985
Rafael Hernandez Colon was sworn in as governor of Puerto Rico, returning to office after eight years. He promised to improve Puerto Rico's relations with Washington and abandon his past efforts to win more autonomy for the U.S. commonwealth.
February 21, 1990 |
Gov. Rafael Hernandez Colon said Tuesday his government will sell the Puerto Rico Telephone Co. for at least $2 billion to pay for education reforms and development on the Caribbean island. "It is the only company which has enough value" to generate the money needed to revamp Puerto Rico's school system and the island's infrastructure, the governor said in his "State of the Nation" address.
July 23, 1987
An apology by Indiana basketball Coach Bob Knight for a 1979 incident in which he allegedly assaulted a San Juan policeman drew mixed reactions Wednesday in Puerto Rico. Hector Reichard, a former Puerto Rico justice secretary, said the commonwealth should not waste its time, money or energy in pursuing prosecution of Knight, who has been found guilty in absentia, sentenced to six months in jail and who could face extradition. But Sen.
August 29, 1991 |
Gov. Rafael Hernandez Colon submitted to the Puerto Rican Legislature in San Juan a bill calling for a referendum in December that would set the stage for a vote on statehood. The bill would allow the island's 3.3 million residents to vote on a constitutional amendment that would require any future plebiscite to include three options--statehood, independence or expanded commonwealth powers.
January 8, 1992 |
Rescue workers in Puerto Rico searched swollen rivers for more victims of floods and mudslides that killed at least 13 people and left 550 homeless. Civil Defense officials said 15 others were missing after the 12-hour storm Sunday that dumped up to 10 inches of rain on the island. Flooding affected 42 of Puerto Rico's 78 municipalities, and the newspaper El Nuevo Dia said the early damage estimate was about $160 million. Gov.