Georgi Markov falls victim to a poisoned umbrella on this episode of This Day In History!
On this episode of This Day In History, Tony and Armand recall the assassination of Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov with a poisoned umbrella.
In 1978, Georgi Markov was walking across Waterloo Bridge in London when Bulgarian secret police agent Francesco Giullino fired a ricin pellet from a specially-designed umbrella into Markov’s right thigh. He developed a fever later on in the day and was admitted to the hospital night, dying four days later as a result of poisoning from the ricin-filled pellet.
Plus, Nikita Khrushchev is elected as the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1953, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opens in Canton, Ohio in 1963, and rapper Eazy-E is born on this day in 1963.
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