91st anniversary of the birth of Agostinho Neto
António Agostinho Neto was born on September 17, 1922. He served as the first President of Angola (1975–1979), after having led the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) in the war for independence (1961 – 1974). Until his death, he lead the MPLA in the civil war(1975-2002). His birthday is celebrated as National Heroes Day, a public holiday in Angola.
Source: Granma International
On September 10, 1979, 30 years ago, the noble heart of Antonio Agostinho Neto ceased beating. We received the news from a tearful Kundy Paihama, who was leading the Angolan delegation to the 6th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, which had concluded in Havana the previous day. Fidel, Raúl, Almeida, and President Samora Machel of Mozambique who, at that moment, was talking with us about the historic event, were filled with profound dismay.
View original post 2,389 more words