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April 13, 1979 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
April 13, 1979 – Much news coming out of Africa on this day. Events leading up to the first bi-racial elections in Rhodesia (soon to become Zimbabwe) and the on-going civil war between rival factions and the minority-rule White government. The controversial elections, which were intended to eventually lead to a modified Black-majority rule was the target of nationalist guerrillas. A ferry that ran between Botswana and Zambia was blown up as well as a commando strike in the capitol city of Zambia which borders on Rhodesia. Rhodesian troops were flown into Zambia to attack the home of opposition leader Joshua Nkomo and other guerrilla installations in the suburbs of Lusaka. Reports from Lusaka claimed Nkomo’s home and those of his chief aides were gutted and still burning at latest report. Nkomo was reported to have escaped the attack, having the night elsewhere. Another target was Nkomo’s guerrilla headquarters, Zimbabwe House and Lusaka reports said the joint headquarters of several other African guerrilla groups, Liberation House was also hit. It was the first raid of its kind by ground troops.
Also from Africa; Tanzania said it was sending commando units eastward from Kampala, the captured capitol city of Uganda. The units in civilian dress were looking for deposed dictator Idi Amin, seeking to bring him back to face trial on mass murder charges.
There were seven more executions in Iran the past day, including one of Major Bijan Yahyahi who was head of the political prison in Tehran, along with six other officials accused of regular torture of inmates at the prison. It was the first revolutionary trial and execution witnessed by Western reporters.
And President Carter was finally getting away for a much needed vacation, entering his first full day of relative inactivity on Sapelo Island, off Georgia’s coast. It was his first vacation since Christmas. And so after landing on Sapelo Island, Mr. Carter had lunch with Mrs. Carter and daughter Amy, read, walked on the beach and rested, according to the White House Press Secretary. Carter took very little work with him, and since Congress was also on its Easter break there weren’t many pressing domestic issues. In the back of his mind was the on-going issue of the SALT talks, with an agreement on the verge of being signed.
And that’s a small slice of what was going on, this April 13, 1979 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.