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Poisoned umbrella at London bus stop kills man

A photograph showing black and yellow umbrellas


The Cold War claimed another victim on this day when the Bulgarian defector Georgi Markov died of blood poisoning. The Ian Fleming style assassination actually occurred four days previously at a London bus stop.

Markov was waiting for a bus on Waterloo Bridge when he suddenly felt a pain in his leg. He turned and saw a man pick up and umbrella and leave.

It wasn’t until 2005 that leaked files revealed his assassin to be Bulgarian secret service.