Greenpeace flagship was blown up in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand on this day.
were two explosions, a minute apart. The boat sank in 4 minutes. One man died.
There were 11 on board at the time of the attack.
boat was due to lead a flotilla to the Mururoa Atoll in the Pacific to protest
the French nuclear tests there.
French at first denied they had anything to do with the attack, but New Zealand
police arrested two French secret service agents. It was discovered that they
had planted two bombs on board.
wasn't until a British newspaper discovered evidence that French President, Francois
Mitterrand, had authorized the bombing of the boat, that France finally admitted
responsibility, and a number of senior level resignations occurred.
two secret service agents were sentenced to 10 years for manslaughter and willful
damage, but were released to French authorities a year later.