Saturday, November 15, 2008

30th Anniversary of Jonestown Mass Suicide

In a few days it will be thirty years since 909 "Peoples Temple" members died in Jonestown, all but two from apparent cyanide poisoning in an event termed "revolutionary suicide" by cult leader Jim Jones on November 18, 1978.

To the extent the actions in Jonestown were viewed as a mass suicide, it is the largest such event in modern history. The incident at Jonestown was the greatest single loss of American civilian life in a non-natural disaster until the events of September 11, 2001.

Last night I watched the first airing of "CNN Presents: Escape from Jonestown." Witnesses and survivors of the Jonestown tragedy speak. It is a heartwrenching special, and I highly recommend it. I was just 16 years old, when this happened and I still can't believe it actually did happen. We must never forget, and never let anything like this happen again.

CNN will be airing it again on Sat. 11/15 at 7:00 pm (central time)
and on Sunday 11/16 at 7:00 pm central time.

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