Monthly Archives: September 1959

26 September 1959 – Assassination of Prime Minister Bandaranaike

On 26th September 1959 Prime Minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike succumbed to gunshot injuries sustained the previous day, when he was shot by an assassin at close range at his home, ‘Tintagel’. Plunging the nation into mourning, his death, just three years into his premiership, resulted in a vacuum in the leadership of the