1968 - In the eastern Mediterranean, 69 people died when the Israeli submarine Dakar sank.
1991 - In southern Kuwait, during the Persian Gulf War, Iraqis deliberately released an estimated 460 million gallons of crude oil into the Persian Gulf from tankers 10 miles off Kuwait. On January 27, U.S. warplanes bombed pipe systems to stop the flow of oil.
1999 - In western Colombia, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake killed at least 1,124 people.
1999 - In Cairo, Egypt, a passenger bus plunged from an overpass into busy city square killing 22 people.
2010 - Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea just after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport. All 90 people on-board were killed.