1967 - Seven men were convicted in Meridian, MS, on charges of violating the civil rights of three civil rights workers. Of the men convicted one was a Ku Klux Klan leader and another was a sheriff's deputy.
1986 - American mercenary Eugene Hasenfus was formally charged by the Nicaraguan government on several charges including terrorism.
1926 - A powerful hurricane hit Cuba and killed 650 people.
1944 - In Cleveland, Ohio, 131 people were killed when liquid-gas tanks exploded at an East Ohio Company plant.
1976 - Near Luling, LA, 77 people died when the Mississippi River ferry George Prince was rammed by the Norwegian tanker Frosta.
1982 - In Moscow, 340 people were crushed to death at a Soviet-Dutch soccer game. Police had herded the fans down an open, icy staircase. The details of the incident were not published in the USSR until seven years later.
2004 - In the Henan province, China, at least 60 people were killed and 88 were missing after a gas explosion tore through the Daping Mine.
2004 - Typhoon Tokage hit Japan. 55 people were killed and at least 24 were missing.
1740 - Maria Theresa became the ruler of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia with the death of her father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI.
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