Egyptian President Anwar Sadat announces that he has made himself military governor-general with the power to declare martial law. Anwar Sadat became president after Gamal Abdel Nasser died in 1970 - but only because supporters of Nasser expected that Sadat would be easy to control.
Sadat instead purged them from the government and assumed control of the government himself. He also started seeking support from Egypt's Islamists, both because of their conservatism and because he thought they would provide a reliable counterbalance to the Nasserists. The Islamists will assassinate Anwar Sadat in 1981.