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Datebook: October 6 – Egypt’s president Anwar al-Sadat assassinated 30 years ago

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Egypt’s third president Anwar al-Sadat was assassinated on October 6, 1981 by fundamentalist army officers (and was then succeeded by Hosni Mubarak). In his eleven years as president he changed Egypt’s direction, departing from the economic and political principles of his predecessor (Gamal Abdel Nasser) by re-instituting the multi-party system, and launching the Infitah economic policy. As president he led Egypt in the October War of 1973 to liberate Egyptian territory occupied by Israel, making him a hero in Egypt and, for a time, the wider Arab World. Afterwards he engaged in negotiations with Israel, culminating in the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. This won him the Nobel Peace Prize but also made him unpopular among some Arabs, resulting in a temporary suspension of Egypt’s membership in the Arab League, and eventually his assassination.

It’s Thursday, October 6

Murray State’s Department of Music presents its annual Faculty Showcase Recital at 3:30 Sunday afternoon in Performing Arts Hall. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students. The recital will feature solo and ensemble performances involving twenty-one faculty and guest artists. The program music ranges from Liszt to Monk.

The Kuttawa Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a safe boating course Saturday at Eddy Creek Marina Resort, 7612 State Route 93, south in Eddyville. It runs from 8 to 5 with a lunch break and costs $20. Preregistration is required at 270-388-9799.

There’s a fish fry Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at William A Doyle Post 236 of the American Legion. The menu includes both pond-raised and river catfish, slaw, potatoes, hush puppies and a variety of deserts. The Cost is $8. The Post is at 25 Little John Lane, off KY 95 between Calvert City and North Marshall Middle School.

There are more events to know about listed at wkms.org. Thank you for listening.

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