Thursday, October 27, 2011

On October 27

On this day in ...
... 1951 (60 years ago today), Egypt abrogated its 1936 Treaty of Alliance with Europe, which would have allowed Britain a military base for an additional 20 years. (credit for 1951 postcard of British troops on patrol in the Suez) Also unilaterally denounced was an 1899 agreement by which Egypt had permitted British presence in Sudan. The New York Times reported:

In one of their formal notifications, the Egyptians charged that the continued presence of British forces in the Suez Canal and the Sudan c0nstituted aggression as defined by the United Nations.

The action contributed to the Suez Crisis that would play out over the years of this decade.

(Prior October 27 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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