EGYPT: Be Joyful This Day

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians poured into Cairo by train, bus and rattling taxi. They swarmed over the capital like locusts, swamped the hotels, took temporary shelter in the city's mosques and jammed the streets laughing, arguing and anticipating. One clear, chilly morning last week, as the first light fingered the minarets of the Mohammed Ali Mosque east of the city, they headed for Cairo's immense, open Liberation Square. They had come to celebrate a birthday: six months of Soldier Naguib's reign.

At 8:30 a.m., a light blue Plymouth convertible, top down, rolled...

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