1948 - Count Folk Bernadette, the United Nations mediator for Palestine, was assassinated in Jerusalem by Jewish extremists.
1980 - Anastasio Somoza, former Nicaraguan president, was assassinated in Paraguay.
1986 - A bomb exploded outside of a department store in Paris killing 7 and injuring 51.
1998 - A United Nations convoy was ambushed in Angola. There were no serious injuries from the fire fight that occurred.
2004 - The USS Curts intercepted the fishing vessel Lina Maria about 300 miles southwest of the Galapagos Islands. The fishing boat had 30,000 pounds of cocaine on board. At the time it was the largest cocaine seizure in U.S. Coast Guard history.
1949 - In Toronto, the Canadian Great Lakes cruise ship Noronic burned at a dock. 130 people were killed.
2001 - In Taiwan, Typhoon Nari caused 79 people. (September 17-18)
1908 - An airplane crashed during a demonstration in Arlington Heights, VA. Thomas Selfridge was killed, becoming the first person to be killed in an airplane accident. Orville Wright, the pilot, survived with multiple hip and leg fractures.
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