1983 – Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino is assassinated

Benigno Aquino Jnr, nicknamed Ninoy, was a Senator in the Phillipines. Elected in 1967, he was arrested in 1972 after Phillipine President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law. The charges were widely considered to have been falsified, but Aquino spent the next eight years in prison anyway. He was released in 1980 after suffering a heart attack, and lived in Boston for three years.

The rising tide of anti-Marcos sentiment convinced him to return to the Phillipines. But upon his return, he was shot and killed by members of the Phillipine army. It remains unclear as to whether Marcos had anything to do with the assassination, although it seems clear that the conspirators were at least supporters of his.

In the end, it backfired on Marcos and his faction. Aquino became a martyr, and opposition to the Marcos regime solidified and grew. In 1986, his widow, Cory Aquino, was elected President of the Phillipines, beginning a new era of liberty and jokes about Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection.

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