On July fourth, 1976, I was staying with family in New York. America was getting ready to celebrate its bi-centennial, a landmark in its history. As the clock struck midnight between the 3rd and the 4th of July, the radio announcer went on the airwaves and said,
“Happy fourth of July America. Today is Independence Day to 98 hostages who were rescued from captivity in Entebbe…” That was when we stopped listening, rushed out into the street and joined others in dancing with joy. “Operation Entebbe” as it officially came to be known was a great success.