315. 12/8/1989

On December 8, 1989, terrorist El Sayyid Nosair threw a Pepsi can filled with explosives at Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev’s motorcade in Manhattan. “It failed to detonate. A nearby police officer witnessed the attempt and grabbed Nosair as he walked away. But the cop figured Nosair was just another angry protestor tossing an empty soda can, and Nosair was slapped with nothing more than a warning. Only years later did investigators learn, from an informant, about the can’s lethal contents.”

 – John Miller, Michael Stone, and Chris Mitchell, The Cell, Page 52

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