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The president of Egypt is assassinated

Anwar Sadat, the President of Egypt, was assassinated during the annual victory parade in Cairo. The assassination was undertaken by members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

Train carrying religious pilgrims derails in Mexico

On a Saint's Day in Mexico a train going from Catorce to Saltillo and Monterrey with about 1,600 passengers on it derailed due to the excessive speed. Four of the train's cars burst into flames. Some of the passengers who survived this tragedy found the engineer being alive and drunk.

Earthquake hits Turkmenistan

The Ashgabat earthquake had a magnitude of 7.3. Because of censorship by the Turkmen government, the event was not fully reported in the USSR's media, however the Soviet Army provided basic aid to the victims. According to memoirs of survivors, the city's infrastructure was badly damaged.