1656 - An all-female jury heard the case of a woman murdering her child. The jury in Patuxent, MD, voted for acquittal.
1776 - During the Revolutionary War, Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British.
1828 - Shaka, the African ruler and founder of the Zulu kingdom, was murdered by his half-brother Dingane. Shaka's mental illness had begun to compromise his leadership.
1975 - Sara Jane Moore attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford. 17 days earlier Lynnette "Squeaky" Fromme made an assassination attempt against Ford.
1955 - Hurricane Janet killed 200 people in Honduras and 300 in Mexico. (September 22-28)
1977 - In Bucharest, Romania, 29 people were killed when a Malev Hungarian Airlines flight crashed short of the runway. Twenty-four people survived the crash.
1993 - Near Mobile, AL, 47 people died when Amtrak's Sunset Limited jumped rails on a weakened bridge and plunged into Big Bayou Canot.
1995 - AWACS plane crashed on takeoff at Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage, AK. All 24 of the U.S. and Canadian military personnel were killed.
2006 - In Lathen, Germany, 23 people were killed when a maglev train crashed into a maintenance car on an elevated test track.
1996 - Robert Dent, in Australia, became the first person to commit legally assisted suicide under a voluntary euthanasia law. Dent was suffering from terminal cancer.
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