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Today in History for April 11, 2000

Douglas MacArthur, Idi Amin 

Previously featured events for April 11th:

1905 Construction of the Victoria Falls Bridge and the railway line

were completed.

1953 The US Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) was established.

1986 Comet Halley reappeared.

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 April 11, 1951

President Harry Truman fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur from his post as commander of UN forces in Korea. The dismissal followed MacArthur's public disclosure of Truman's refusal to allow him to bomb bases in China; Truman feared an escalation of the Korean War and a direct confrontation with China.

See the letter of dismissal written by Truman:

 April 11, 1979

A combined force of Tanzanian and Ugandan soldiers overthrew Uganda's dictator Idi Amin. Amin, who attained power in 1971 after a coup against socialist-leaning President Milton Obote, oversaw the killing of at least 100,000 people.

It is believed that Idi Amin currently lives in Saudi Arabia: