President Tito's Funeral, Yugoslavia ('Underground')

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President Tito was buried on May 8th, 1980 in Belgrade, capital of Yugoslavia (now Serbia). 209 delegations from 128 countries gathered to pay their last respect.

38 heads of state, 4 kings, 6 princes, 7 vice-presidents, 6 presidents of parliament, 22 prime ministers, 47 ministers of foreign affairs, and other state and/or party representatives. Among them there were Leonid Brezhnev, Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, Saddam Hussein, Sandro Pertini, Yasser Arafat, Helmut Schmidt, Kim Il-sung, king Carl XVI Gustaf, king Olav V, king Hussein of Jordan, Francesco Cossiga, Masayoshi Ohira, Hua Guofeng, Kenneth Kaunda, Nicolae Ceauşescu, Todor Zhivkov, Kurt Waldheim etc.

Based on the number of attending politicians and state delegations, it was at the time the largest statesman funeral in history, surpassed only by the funeral of Roman Pope John Paul II, 25 years later. They came from both sides of the Cold War.

(Taken from Kusturica’s 1995 Palme d’Or winning film ‘Underground’).


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