Today is Thursday, December 3, 2020

Today in
Crime History

1965 - Ray Charles was convicted of possession of heroin and marijuana. He was given a five-year suspended sentence and fined $10,000.

1976 - Seven gunman fired shots into Bob Marley's home in Kingston, Jamaica where he and the Wailers were rehearsing. No one was seriously hurt.

1980 - U.S. Representatives Frank Thompson, Jr. (D-NJ) and John Murphy (D-NY) were convicted on Abscam charges.

1988 - In South Africa, 11 black funeral mourners were slain in Natal Province in an attack blamed on security forces.

1991 - After nearly five years, Shiite Muslim radicals in Lebanon released American hostage Allen Sutten.

1993 - Jay-Z was arrested in connection with the stabbing of music executive Lance Rivera. The rapper was charged with first-degree assault.



Today in
Disaster History

1972 - In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, 155 people were killed when a Spantax flight crashed.

1979 - At Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum eleven Who fans were trampled to death in the rush to gain admittance for general (unreserved) seats to the band's concert.

1984 - In Bhopal, India, more than 2,000 people died and about 150,000 were injured when toxic gas (methyl isocyanate) escaped from a Union Carbide insecticide plant.

1999 - In Worcester, Massachusettes, six firefighters were killed while fighting a fire at a warehouse. The fire had been accidentally set by a homeless couple.



Today in
Death History

1990 - A collision, on the ground, of a Northwest Airlines DC-9 and a Northwest Boeing 727 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, resulted in a fire that claimed eight lives.

1998 - In Manilla, 28 people were killed in an orphanage that caught fire. Most of the victims were children.





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