SOUTH KOREA: The Accidental Assassination

It was a day of celebration in South Korea, the 29th anniversary of its liberation from 3½ decades of Japanese rule. An audience of 2,000 people gathered in Seoul's National Theater to hear President Park Chung Hee deliver a commemorative address. Halfway through his speech, which was being shown on national television, a man jumped up in the audience and sprinted toward the stage firing shots at Park from a .38-cal. revolver.

Pandemonium broke out. As the assassin raced down the center aisle, spectators leaped from their seats and screamed. Security men rushed toward the stage. Park, displaying the cool aplomb...

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