Tuesday, October 6, 1981


A historic day. I got home from Art to hear that President Sadat of Egypt was assassinated earlier today. I was shocked: you don’t expect things like this to happen. It seems it was purely political, a section of his own troops shooting him during his review of the army in Cairo commemorating the 8th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. On Newsnight they were calling it “one of those crucial events which will alter the course of history.” I saw film of the shooting. Things look unstable and uncertain in the Middle East as a result and I just thought how stupid it is to tie the political/military fortunes of an entire nation on one man.

At school, pretty mundane on the whole.

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