We thought we’d share with you all the events that occurred today in history, just in case you did not know. Just a little fun #OnThisDayInHistory facts of the Day.
1963 – In the upper Nile, more than 200 people died when a United Arab Republic ferry capsized and sank.
1972 – In Bratsk, USSR, 18 people were killed when an Aeroflot flight crashed on approach.
1976 – In Monze, Zambia, 11 people were killed when a de Havilland AC Canada flight crashed beyond the runway after taking off.
1999 – Several severe tornadoes hit the Midwest U.S. overnight. At least 45 people were killed.
2002 – In Kano, Nigeria, 148 people died when an EAS Airlines flight crashed. About half of the deaths were people on the ground.
2003 – In Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee, at least 38 people were killed when a series of tornadoes occurred.
1795 – Thousands of rioters entered jails in Lyons, France, and massacred 99 Jacobin prisoners.
1886 – In Chicago, IL, a labor protest in Haymarket Square turned into a riot. More than 100 were wounded including 60 police officers and 8 police officers were killed.
1930 – Mahatma Gandhi was arrested by the British.
1932 – Al Capone entered the Atlanta Penitentiary federal prison for income-tax evasion.
1946 – A two-day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay ended. Five people were killed.
1989 – Colonel Oliver North, a former White House aide was convicted of shredding documents and two other crimes. He was acquitted of nine other charges stemming from the Iran-Contra affair. The three convictions were later overturned on appeal.
1998 – Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years by a federal judge in Sacramento, CA. The sentence was under a plea agreement that spared Kaczynski the death penalty.
1999 – Manuel Babbitt was executed for killing Leah Schendel in 1980. Babbitt had received a purple heart for his injuries in Vietnam while on death row.
1959 – The first Grammy Awards were held.
1970 – Four Kent State University students were shot down by National Guard members during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration.
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