Zanzibar: The Hundred Days Revolution

Zanzibar: The Hundred Days Revolution

Zanzibar: The Hundred Days Revolution

Zanzibar: The Hundred Days Revolution

Synopsis

On April 25, 1975, John Lennon gave what was to be his last televised interview with Tom Snyder. No one suspected he was about to take an extended hiatus from public life. This interview is one of three conversations Tom had with The Beatles. Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr were enjoying solo careers at the times of their interviews, & their comments provide further insight into the effects of "Beatlemania," drugs & their futures.

Excerpt

In the mid-20th century the tiny island of Zanzibar off the east coast of Africa was probably best known for two things: for producing over 95 percent of the world’s cloves and for being one of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour’s famous Road movies—The Road to Zanzibar. in the short space of five months all that would change as the peace and quiet of the remote island of Zanzibar would be rocked by an unexpected revolution that catapulted the country onto the world’s headlines.

In December 1963 Zanzibar became an independent nation after 73 years of British rule. Three weeks later, on January 12, 1964, its Arab-dominated government was overthrown in a coup d’etat. the new African-dominated government of an independent Zanzibar lasted just three months. in April 1964 the presidents of Tanganyika and Zanzibar announced a secret agreement to form a union of the two countries and the birth of a new state to be known as Tanzania.

This account of the Zanzibar coup was originally written about a year after the coup as a classified report of the U.S. Government. It has been recently declassified, and is being published without significant changes to the original manuscript. Thus, it has not been updated with materials that have become available since the merger of Zanzibar and Tanganyika.

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