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President Anwar El-Sadat of Egypt is assassinated during the annual military parade On 6 October 1981 to commemorate Egypt’s crossing of the Suez Canal on 6 October 1973, at the beginning of the Yom Kippur War. The assassination was undertaken by members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, lead by army Lieutenant Khalid El-Islambouli. After the attack, Sadat was flown to a military hospital, where he died two hours later. Eleven others were also killed, including the Cuban ambassador, twenty-eight people were wounded, including Vice President Hosni Mubarak. Islambouli and the other assassins were executed in April 1982 after a short trial.