Great Bhola Cyclone, Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh, 1970 from The World's  Deadliest Storms Ever Recorded - The Active Times

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.

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