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Assassination Of Sadat – October 6, 1981

At first, Cairo took great pains to say there was nothing wrong.

At first, Cairo took great pains to say there was nothing wrong.

CBS Radio News – Bulletins, reports, newscasts – October 6, 1981 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

This day in 1981, the news was filled with reports that Egyptian President Anwar Sadat had been the victim of an assassination. During a military review, Sadat, along with several dignitaries and cabinet members, including his vice-President Hosni Mubarak were attacked by a group of Egyptian soldiers; driving up to the reviewing stand, as Sadat and the others were looking up to the sky at an Air display and opened fire.

News was sketchy and would remain that way for hours – with official government reports from Cairo saying he had been taken to the hospital for “superficial wounds” and was in surgery. But as the hours went by (the initial reports came at 4 in the morning Pacific time), speculation and leaks from inside sources suggested otherwise and that he had, in fact died from his wounds.

It wasn’t until hours later that the official news finally came down that all the rumors were true; Anwar Sadat had died from his wounds, along with many others at the reviewing stand in Nassar City.

Here is a capsule view of the events of that morning, as they were reported by CBS Radio on October 6, 1981. Reports and bulletins throughout the day as the events turned from speculative to tragic, and reactions from world leaders.

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