Thinking Aloud: On This Day in History, Sept. 9

Sept. 9, 2014 by Darius 

It turns out that September 9 has been a fairly important turning point in modern world history.

On Sept. 9, 1976, Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong died, which paved the way for Deng Xiaoping and his pursuit of the “Four Modernizations” that have made modern China.

On Sept. 9, 1993, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization exchanged official letters of recognition, in which the PLO  recognized Israel’s right to exist and Israel recognized the PLO’s right to represent the Palestinian people, which served as the foundation for the Oslo Accords.

On Sept. 9, 1997, Sinn Fein, the political arm of the Irish Republican Army, formally renounced violence, allowing for its participation in the Northern Irish peace process which culminated in the Good Friday Agreement the following spring.

On Sept. 9, 2001, Ahmad Shah Massoud, the leader of Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance, was assassinated by al Qaeda, leaving the main opposition to the Taliban in disarray just days before 9/11.  Today, Massoud is considered a national hero.  Current Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah was a close friend of Massoud’s and is considered by many to be his political heir.

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