Did you know?  Many disasters happened and are remembered today, September 8.

1888 | In London, The body of Annie Champman was found. She was the second victim of “Jack The Ripper.”

1900 | Galveston, Texas was hit by a hurricane that killed about 6,000 people.

1934 | Off Asbury Park, NJ, 134 people were killed by a fire on the Morro Castle.

1970 | In New  York, NY, a Trans-International Airlines flight crashed during takeoff. All 11 people on-board were killed.

1974 | Off Kefallinia, Greece, 88 people were killed when a TWA flight crashed into the Ionian Sea. The crash was caused by an explosive device in the cargo hold. A Palestinian organization claimed responsibility.

1977 | 25 people died when a Burma Airlines flight crashed into Mt. Loi Hsam Hsao, Myanmar.

1994 | Near Aliquippa, PA, 132 people died when a US Air flight crashed into a ravine shortly before it was supposed to land at Pittsburgh Int’l Airport.  | And, In Russia, a dam designed to contain oil burst & spilled an est 2M barrels of oil into the Kolva River tributary. The Russian state-owned oil company claimed that the spill was only 102K barrels.

1997 | The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of Timothy McVeigh for his role in the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City, OK.

1999 | U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno named former U.S. Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation into the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX.

2006 | In Kabul, Afghanistan, 16 people were killed in a car bombing

2015 | Today is also the celebratory days of wacky and bizarre holidays:  Int’l Literacy Day, National Date Nut Bread Day and Pardon Day.

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