1973 – Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Jordan attacked Israel
In 1973 during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Egypt and Syria launch a surprise attack against Israel. With Jordanian forces also taking part in the assault from the east, by the end of October they had pushed Israeli troops back to within ten miles of Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. The United States provides arms to the Israelis and so begins an international crisis.
1981 – Assassination of Anwar Sadat
On October 6, 1981, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated. The assassination occurred as the president left a military parade commemorating the eighth anniversary of Egypt’s crossing of the Suez Canal during the Yom Kippur War with Israel.
1988 – Formation of Islamic Jamhoori Party
A group of eight political parties, the Islamic Jamhoori Itehad (IJI), was formed on October 6, 1988, but they were unable to stop Benazir Bhutto from becoming the premier after the November 1988 election.
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