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Friday, November 18, 2016

LEO RYAN (MAY 5, 1925 TO NOVEMBER 18, 1978)

On this date, November 18, 1978, in Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple to a mass murder–suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo Ryan is murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier.

Let us not forget the 900+ victims and we will post information about Leo Ryan from Wikipedia.

Leo Ryan
Ryan in 1977–1978
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – November 18, 1978
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 27th district
In office
Preceded by
Succeeded by
In office
Personal details
Leo Joseph Ryan, Jr.
May 5, 1925
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
November 18, 1978 (aged 53)
Port Kaituma, Guyana
Resting place
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Years of service

Leo Joseph Ryan, Jr. (May 5, 1925 – November 18, 1978) was an American teacher and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the U.S. Representative from California's 11th congressional district from 1973 until his assassination in 1978.
After the Watts Riots of 1965, Assemblyman Ryan took a job as a substitute school teacher to investigate and document conditions in the area. In 1970, he investigated the conditions of California prisons by being held, under a pseudonym, as an inmate in Folsom Prison, while presiding as chairman of the Assembly committee that oversaw prison reform. During his time in Congress, Ryan traveled to Newfoundland to investigate the practice of seal hunting. He was also famous for vocal criticism of the lack of Congressional oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and authored the Hughes–Ryan Amendment, passed in 1974.
Ryan was shot to death in Guyana by members of the Peoples Temple in November 1978, just hours prior to the Jonestown mass suicide and 11 days after he was re-elected for a fourth term. He is the only sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives to have been assassinated in office. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously in 1983.

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