Hans Remembers- Friday November 13, 1970- 50 Years Ago.
- One of the biggest stories of 1970- the cyclone which hit East Pakistan- soon to be Bangladesh- has claimed over 300,000 lives. The Bhola Island which had a highest point of 6 feet above sea level and Hatiya Island were both washed over by the Bay of Bengal. We will never know how many died in total- could be up to half a million- the area had no census records for the area that was struck.
- American Vice President Spiro “Ted” Agnew called television executives “Impudent snobs.”
- Air Marshall Hafez al-Assad the Defense Minister of Syria led a military coup within the ruling Ba’ath Party, then announced the overthrow and arrest of President Nureddin al-Atassi. Assad would rule Syria for more than 29 years until his death in 2000- his son Bashar al-Assad has been ruling Syria since his father’s death.