Today is Friday, August 17, 2018

Today in
Crime History

1877 - F.P. Cahill became the first person to be killed by "Billy the Kid."

1987 - Charles Glass, American journalist, escaped his kidnappers and was rescued after being held for 62 days in Lebanon.

1991 - At a shopping mall in Strathfield, Australia, a man killed seven people before killing himself. He had been armed with a rifle and a machete.

1993 - Jack Kevorkian was charged in Wayne County, MI with assisting in the suicide of Thomas Hyde. Kevorkian was later acquitted.

1998 - The FBI announced that it was questioning a suspect concerning the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya on August 7th, 1998.

Today in
Disaster History

1969 - Hurricane Camille hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast killing 248 people.

1976 - In Mindanao, Philippines, an earthquake and tsunami killed or made missing about 8,000 people.

1999 - In northwest Turkey, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake killed more than 17,000 people.

Today in
Death History

1962 - 18-year-old Peter Fechter was killed by East German border guards when he attempted to cross the Berlin Wall into the western sector.

1973 - Paul Williams (Temptations) was found dead by police. It was ruled a suicide.

1987 - Rudolph Hess died after apparently committing suicide. Hess was the last member of Adolf Hitler's inner circle.

1988 - Pakistani President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel were killed in a plane crash.

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