This Day in History: 1975-08-15

The assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with his Family

The first president of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and most of his family were killed during the early hours of 15 August 1975 by a group of young Bangladesh Army personnel who invaded his Dhanmondi 32 residence as part of a coup d’état. Minister of Commerce Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad immediately took control of the government and proclaimed himself president. The assassination marked the first direct military intervention in Bangladesh’s civilian administration-centric politics. August 15 is National Mourning Day, an official national holiday.