The Winter Olympics are born, the Battle of the Bulge comes to an end, Charles Manson is found guilty, the Iran hostages arrive home, and Egypt begins rising up, all on this day.
1971: Idi Amin leads a coup deposing Ugandan President Milton Obote while Obote is at a summit meeting in Singapore. One week after the coup, Amin would declare himself as the country's president, as well commander-in-chief of the armed forces, army chief of staff, and chief of air staff. He would rule Uganda until being overthrown himself and forced into exile in 1979. Amin's rule was characterized by human rights abuse, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption and gross economic mismanagement. The number of people killed as a result of his regime is estimated by international observers and human rights groups to range from 100,000 to 500,000.
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