02.11.

1963: Vietnamese Catholic President Assassinated

1963: Vietnamese Catholic President Assassinated
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  • historical event: President Ngo Dinh Diem and his younger brother, both Roman Catholics by faith, were arrested and killed by South Vietnamese soldiers. Indeed, the brothers' bodies were stabbed multiple times, and their hands were tied behind their backs.

Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem was killed on this day in 1963. He became the president of South Vietnam back in 1955. He and his family were of Roman Catholic faith; in fact, his older brother was the Catholic archbishop Martin Ngo Dinh Thuc, seated in the city of Huế in central Vietnam.

President Diem had a younger brother named Ngo Dinh Nhu, who held great political power. He worked as the president’s adviser and the commander of the South Vietnamese special forces. He was also killed on this day, together with his brother. Namely, both were captured and killed by South Vietnamese soldiers. Indeed, the brothers’ bodies were stabbed multiple times, and their hands were tied behind their backs.

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