April 26, 1986 – 30 years ago today, everyone was pointing fingers at Libya. With a connection to a recent discotheque bombing in Berlin that killed two U.S. servicemen and injured many others, along with allegations of ties directly to the Marine Barracks bombing in Beirut earlier in the month, as well as rumors of numerous terrorist plots and attacks. The U.S. retaliated with air attacks over Libya on April 15th. The attacks prompted a series of terrorist bombings, purported to be in retaliation to U.S. attacks. The bombings took place in Lyon, France as well as Beirut.
Subsequently, France ordered the restriction of movements of Libyan diplomats in France and was making it tougher for Libyans to obtain entry visas. Likewise, Spain ordered the expulsion of 11 Libyans it said were involved in terrorism. 22 deported Libyans from Britain arrived home, shouting anti-British and American slogans at the airport. Honduras banned Libyans, certain Arab nationals and Soviet bloc citizens from entering the country, saying it was acting to protect U.S. military installations from terrorism.
Meanwhile in Alaska, a volcano was getting ready to blow at almost anytime. Officials and residents around Anchorage had fears a tidal wave could result from tons of rock falling into the ocean and a massive cloud of volcanic ash sweeping over Alaska.
President Reagan called incoming Philippines President Corazon Aquino to congratulate her on her election and to invite her to the White House sometime in the Fall. Reagan made the call ahead of leaving for the Far East Economic summit.
And that’s a small slice of what went on this April 26th in 1986, as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.
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