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MURDER/SUICIDE WAS ON THIS DAY IN 1978

Dead bodies lie around the compound of the People's Temple cult November 18, 1978 after the over 900 members of the cult, led by Reverend Jim Jones, inset. Photos / Getty Images, AP
Dead bodies lie around the compound of the People’s Temple cult.          


On November 18, 1978, a charismatic Peoples Temple founder
Jim Jones 
(inert) lead hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their
agricultural commune in a remote part of the South American nation of
Guyana. Many of Jones’ followers willingly ingested a poison-laced punch
while others were forced
 to do so at gunpoint. The final death toll at the
compound that day was 909; a third of those who perished were children.

Bodies lie behind a tub of cyanide-laced punch November 18, 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana. Photo / Getty Images
Bodies lie behind a tub of cyanide-laced punch in Jonestown,
Guyana.

Reverend Jim Jones and his wife, Marceline, taken from a pink photo album left behind in the village in Jonestown, Guyana. Photo / Getty Images
Reverend Jim Jones and his wife, Marceline, taken from a photo
album left behind in the village in Jonestown, Guyana.

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IT MADE HISTORY ON THIS DAY

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CARLATA BRADLEY

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Diana Ross is 75 years young today.

Motown singer Diana Ross gained fame as a member of The
Supremes
and who later won a Golden Globe for her role as
Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues in 1972. She starred in
the 1978 film The Wiz with Michael Jackson

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SANDY KOZEL

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On this day in 1993, U.S. Federal agents raided the compound of an armed religious cult in Waco,
TX. The ATF had planned to arrest the 
leader of the Branch Davidians, David Koresh (below) on firearms 
charges. Four agents and six Davidians were killed and a 51-day 
standoff followed.  

  

 
   

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David Koresh (Vernon Wayne Howel)  
(August 17, 1959 – April 19, 1993)

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Mount Carmel burns to the ground at the end of a 51 day standoff between David Koresh, the Branch Davidians and the FBI in <em>Waco</em>.

The religious community at Mount Carmel burns to the ground at the
end of a 51 day standoff between David Koresh, Branch Davidians
and the FBI on the property located 10 miles west of Waco, Texas.

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ROSS SIMPSON

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On this day in 1978, Cult leader Jim Jones and hundreds of his
followers died in a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana
in South America.
It was the largest mass suicide in modern
history and resulted in the largest single loss of American
civilian life in a non-natural disaster until September 11, 2001.


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REV. JIM JONES

             A vat that contained a drink laced with deadly cyanide sits on a sidewalk at People's Temple in Jonestown, Guyana.

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Shown are bodies of members of the Peoples Temple who died
after their leader Jim Jones ordered them to drink Flav-R-Aid
laced with cyanide. 

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Congressman Leo Ryan (above) was among five killed by Temple members at the nearby Port Kaituma airstrip (below).

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The first successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon premiered
in New York on this day in 1928. It was Walt Disney’s "Steamboat
Willie," starring Mickey Mouse.

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Walt Disney drawing “Steamboat Willie”.

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IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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On this day in 1945, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. It came three days after the bombing of Hiroshima. An estimated 74,000
people were killed. Japan surrendered
August 14.

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On this day in 1974, President Richard Nixon formally resigned and
Gerald R. Ford (below) took his place, becoming the 38th president
of the
United States.

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President and Mrs. Nixon left the White House after his resignation.

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It was on this day in 1969.

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From left: Charles Manson and his cult family.

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Charles Milles Manson (Maddox)
(November 12, 1934 – November 19, 2017)

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"Walden" was published by Henry David Thoreau on this
day in 1854.

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Henry David Thoreau 
(July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862)

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Jerome John Garcia  (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995)

As one of its founders, Jerry Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead
for their entire thirty-year career (1965–1995). He was well known for
his distinctive guitar playing and was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone‘s
"100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Garcia was staying in a drug
rehabilitation facility when he died of a heart attack at the age of 
53.

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