2002: Two trains collide in Tanzania, and 281 people are killed. It’s the deadliest train crash in African history.
1975: An Eastern Airlines jet crashes near JFK International Airport in New York City, killing 115 people. The Boeing 727 was brought down by wind shear, a sudden change in wind speed or direction. Two different flights arriving had reported significant problems with winds, but air traffic controllers ignored the warnings and kept the runway open.
1973: Eamon de Valera, the world’s oldest statesman, resigns as president of Ireland at the age of 90. His political careers began in 1917, and he served multiple terms as head of government and head of state in Ireland.