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"Entebbe", in the local Luganda language, means a "seat", and was probably named that because it was the place where a Baganda chief sat to adjudicate legal cases. It first became a British colonial administrative and commercial centre in 1893 when Sir Gerald Portal , a colonial Commissioner used it as a base. Although no ships land there now, there is still a jetty, which was used by Lake Victoria ferries. Port Bell went on to become Kampala's harbour.
Entebbe is perhaps best known as the home of Entebbe International Airport, the main international airport of Uganda, was started in 1947. Operation Entebbe, an Israeli operation to free the hostages of a Palestinian hijacking of an Air France plane, took place at the airport on July 4, 1976. The Israeli rescue operation was originally designated "Operation Thunderbolt," but the Israelis changed the official name to "Operation Yonatan" in honor of Yonatan Netanyahu, the commanding officer, who died in the action.
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