1982 – William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles, CA, of being the “freeway killer” who had murdered 14 young men and boys.
1987 – After a 29-year lapse, the Ford Thunderbird was presented with the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award. It was the first occurrence of a repeat winner of the award.
1994 – Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant at Cobo Arena in Detroit, MI. Four men were later sentenced to prison for the attack, including Tonya Harding’s ex-husband.
1998 – The spacecraft Lunar Prospectwas launched into orbit around the moon. The craft was crashed into the moon, in an effort to find water under the lunar surface, on July 31, 1999.
1999 – The 106th U.S. Congress opened. The first item on the agenda was the impeachment proceedings of U.S. President Bill Clinton. The trial was set to begin January 7, 1999.
1999 – Bob Newhart received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2004 – In the United Arab Emirates, construction began on the Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Upon completion it was the world’s largest building.
2005– American Civil Rights Movement: Edgar Ray Killen is indicted for the 1964 murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner.
2005 – A train collision in Graniteville, South Carolina, United States, releases about 60 tons of chlorine gas.
2012– Twenty-six people are killed and 63 wounded when a suicide bomber blows himself up at a police station in Damascus.
2017– Five people are killed and six others injured in a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport in Broward County, Florida.
2019– Forty people are killed in a gold mine collapse in northern Afghanistan
Celebrating Birthday Today
1981 – Mike Jones, American rapper and actor
1981 – Rinko Kikuchi, Japanese actress and director
1981 – Jérémie Renier, Belgian-French actor
1981 – Asante Samuel, American football player
1982 – Camila Grey, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1982 – Eddie Redmayne, English actor and model
1983 – Adam Burish, American ice hockey player
1984 – Kate McKinnon, American actress and comedian
1985 – Nathan McIver, Canadian ice hockey player
1985 – Inge Vermeulen, Brazilian-Dutch field hockey player (d. 2015)
1986 – Paul McShane, Irish footballer
1986 – Petter Northug, Norwegian skier
1987 – Bongani Khumalo, South African footballer
1987 – Ndamukong Suh, American football player
1989 – Andy Carroll, English footballer
1989 – Derrick Morgan, American football player
1994 – Lim Jae-beom, South Korean singer and actor