History As It Happens

Linking leaders as never before, CNN has changed the way the world does its business.

ON THE NIGHT THAT THE bombs began to fall on Baghdad, Gilbert Lavoie, press secretary to Canada's Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney, telephoned his counterpart Marlin Fitzwater at the White House. "Marlin said, 'Hi, what are you doing?' " Lavoie recalls, "and I said, 'I'm doing the same thing you are -- watching CNN.' "

So was virtually every other senior official in virtually every government. In that respect, at least, the night of Jan. 16, 1991, was actually rather ordinary. From Rome to Riyadh, London to Lagos, Beijing to Buenos Aires, Cable News Network is on more or less continuously in...