Hans Remembers- Sunday April 19, 1970. 50 Years Ago.
- In East Berlin, East Germany’s Prime Minister and Communist Party general secretary Walter Ulbricht dedicated a 62 foot high statue of Vladimir Lenin in advance of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Ulbricht told the tens of thousands in the crowd that the monument would remind Germans of the more than 300,000 Soviet soldiers who died in the battle for Berlin in 1945. The granite statue would be dismantled, removed and buried in 1992 after the reunification of Germany. Lenin’s head would be unearthed in 2015 for a display in an exhibition.
- In news from the Soviet Union the first Lada compact car rolled off the line of the Volga Automotive Plant in the city of Tolyatti in the Russian SFSR.
- This seems like an odd arrangement- in Columbia the new constitution called for the Conservative and Liberal Parties to alternate the presidency. You would think that would be a pretty simple outcome- this time was the Conservatives- but they had four candidates and none of them won a majority. Columbia’s former ambassador in the United States Misael Pastrana Borroero had the most votes- but his challenger former President Gustavo Rojas Pinilla cried fraud and threatened to capture the presidency by force- as he had done back in1953 in a military coup. President Carlos Lleras Restepo placed the country under martial law the next day. On August 7, 1970 Misael Pastrana Borroero would begin serving his four year term as president.