On This Date 9/5/1972

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The 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, were rocked when Palestinian terrorists invaded the Olympic village and took the 11 members of the Israeli delegation hostage. Two members of the Israeli contingent were killed in the early moments of the attack, which began just before dawn. The terrorist group, calling themselves Black September, were supporters of the PLO in the ongoing conflict with the Israeli government. The games were suspended as officials tried to rescue the hostages. After 23 hours, a rescue attempt failed as hostages were killed along with five of the terrorists. The games would continue the following day amid harsh criticism aimed at the International Olympic Committee for its lack of sensitivity.

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