Today in History, November 18th, 1978

918 members of the “People’s Temple” cult commit suicide at Jonestown.  The cult, led by Jim Jones, moved from the United States to Guyana (South America) and formed a commune called “Jonestown” in 1976. Jim Jones prophesied that there would be a destructive nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union, and the cult moved to Guyana to avoid the fallout. On the morning of November 18th, 1978, Congressman Leo Ryan visited Jonestown to investigate rumors of abuse and mistreatment, as well as other concerns by family members.  Ryan left with 14 members who chose to leave Jonestown and return home.  
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