HANS REMEMBERS- MONDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 1970- 50 YEARS AGO

Close Calls: 5 Unsuccessful Assassination Plots and Coups

Hans Remembers- Monday September 28, 1970- 50 Years Ago.

  • Gamal Abdel Nasser- the longtime President of the United Arab Republic {Egypt}- died of a heart attack at the age of 52. The 1970 Arab League summit in Cairo had just concluded and Nasser had bit farewell to Kuwait’s Emir Sabah Al- Salim Al-Sabah at the Cairo airport when he became ill. He was met at his home by physicians where he suffered a myocardial infarction from a coronary thrombosis. He was pronounced dead at 6:15 pm. His Vice President Anwar Sadat succeeded him as president.
  • Three hours after the Empire State Building’s lights were turned off a large flock of birds were killed after crashing into the building. An estimated 150 migrating starlings struck the 102 story building and plunged to their deaths- littering 5th Avenue and 34th Street.
  • For the 73rd consecutive time The United States won yachting’s America’s Cup- Intrepid piloted by Bill Ficker finished ahead of Australia’s Gretel II to win the best-of-seven series four races to one.
  • Historian and novelist John Dos Passos died at the age of 74.

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