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The Jonestown Massacre

In an event termed "revolutionary suicide" by Jim Jones, more than 900 members of the People's Temple died on Nov. 18, 1978. The poisonings in Jonestown followed the murder of five others by Temple members at a nearby Port Kaituma airstrip. The victims included United States Congressman Leo Ryan, the first member of Congress assassinated in the line of duty in the history of the United States.