Today is Sunday, May 26, 2019

Today in
Crime History

1691 - Jacob Leiser, leader of the popular uprising in support of William and Mary’s accession to the English throne, was executed for treason.

1868 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson was acquitted, by one vote, of all charges in his impeachment trial.

1977 - George H. Willig was arrested after he scaled the South Tower of New York's World Trade Center. It took him 3 1/2 hours.



Today in
Disaster History

1917 - Mattoon, IL, 101 people were killed by a tornado.

1954 - Off Quonset Point, RI, 103 crewmen were killed when an explosion and fire aboard the aircraft carrier Bennington broke out.

1970 - In Tegucigalpa, Honduras, an Aeroservice S de RL flight crashed while on approach. The plane had stalled in turbulence at low atlitude.

1981 - Off Florida, a U.S. Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler Jet crash landed on the deck of the USS Nimitz. Fourteen service personnel were killed and another forty-eight were injured.

1991 - Near Bangkok, Thailand, 223 people died when an Austrian Lauda Air flight crashed into a jungle hilltop shortly after takeoff.

2002 - In Webbers Falls, OK, 14 people died when a 500-foot section of a bridge along Interstate 40 collapsed. The collapse was caused by a towboat that crashed into the bridge.

2003 - In Ankara, Turkey, 74 Spanish peacekeepers were killed when their plane crashed during its third attempt to land.



Today in
Death History

1933 - Singer-songwriter Jimmie Rodgers died from a pulmonary hemorrhage.

2010 - Canadian-American radio and television host Art Linkletter died.





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