Jonestown

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Jonestown

in Guyana; scene of mass-murder and suicides. [Am. Hist.: Facts (1978), 889–892]
See: Suicide
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Belief can manifest itself in world-changing ways -- and did, in some of history's ugliest moments, from the rise of Adolf Hitler to the Jonestown mass suicide in 1979.
1978: The Jonestown mass suicide took place, leaving 914 dead: The first reports out of Guyana on November 18, 1978, were that Congressman Leo J Ryan and four other members of his party were shot and killed as they attempted to board a plane at Port Kaituma airstrip.
The Jonestown mass suicide and killings claimed 913 lives in the jungles of Guyana, including that of US Representative Mr Leo Ryan, journalists and a handful of defectors shot as they tried to board a flight out.