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Today in
Crime History

1986 - 20 people were killed in a car bomb explosion in Tehran. Iran initially accused "American agents", however they later executed an "Iraqi agent."

1987 - David Horowitz, consumer reporter in Burbank, CA, was held at gunpoint while on camera and forced to read the assailants note. The program went off the air while police removed the gunman.

1987 - 16 people were killed by gunman Michael Ryan in Britain. It was the country's worst mass killing.

1996 - A judge sentenced former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker to four years probation for his Whitewater crimes.

1998 - Daniel Arizmenid Lopez, known as the "ear lopper", was arrested in Mexico. Lopez was accused of heading a gang of kidnappers that are responsible for 21 kidnappings.

Today in
Disaster History

1955 - Severe flooding in the Northeast United States killed about 200 people. The flooding was caused by the remnants of Hurricane Diane.

1978 - 400 people were killed in a theater in Abadan, Iran. Moslem extremist set the fire.

1980 - In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 301 people were killed when a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight experienced a fire in the cargo area. The plane landed without incident, but the pilot called off the emergency evacuation. All aboard were killed by smoke and fire.

2000 - Near Carlsbad, NM, 11 people were killed in a natural gas explosion.

2002 - A Russian military helicopter crashed after being shot by rebels in Chechnya. 119 people were killed.

Today in
Death History

1692 - Five women and a clergyman were executed after being convicted of witchcraft in Salem, MA.

1995 - Three U.S. diplomats were killed in an accident in their armored vehicle in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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