Today is Sunday, October 25, 2020

Today in
Crime History

1994 - Susan Smith of Union, SC, claimed that a black carjacker had driven off with her two sons. Smith was later convicted of drowning her children in a nearby lake.

1999 - Golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their Learjet crashed in South Dakota. The plane flew uncontrolled for four hours before the crash.



Today in
Disaster History

1918 - The Canadian steamship Princess Sophia hit the reef off the coast of Alaska. Nearly 400 people died.

1976 - In El Yopal, Colombia, 36 people were killed when a Taxi Aereo el Vanado flight crashed after the left wing dropped and touched the runway.

1985 - Hurricane Juan hit the U.S. Gulf states. Forty-nine people were killed.

2010 - In Indonesia, an earthquake and consequent tsunami killed more than 400 people and left hundreds missing.



Today in
Death History

2137 - B.C. - Chinese Royal astronomers, Ho and Hsi, were executed after not predicting a solar eclipse caused panic in the streets of China.

1400 - Geoffrey Chaucer died at the age of 57. He was the first poet to be buried in Westminster Abbey.

1760 - George III took the British throne after the death of King George II, his grandfather.

1920 - King Alexander of Greece died from blood poisoning that resulted from a bite from his pet monkey.





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