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All eyes were on Williamsburg in 1983 for the G-7 Summit

All eyes were on Williamsburg in 1983 for the G-7 Summit

The attention of the political and economic world was on Williamsburg 35 years ago May 28-30, 1983, when the leaders of the world’s industrialized nations — the G-7 — visited for the ninth annual three-day summit.

During the meeting, no tourists or visitors were allowed in the historic area, and those who lived there had to conform to dozens of strict security measures including constant identification checks. To be precise, Colonial Williamsburg was closed to the public.

At the invitation of President Ronald Reagan, the summit was attended by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Chancellor Helmut Kohl of (then) West Germany, Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani of Italy,...

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