The biggest explosion in the history of rocketry occurs when the Soviet N1 rocket explodes and subsequently destroys its launchpad (1969)
U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul (1979)
United States Navy warship USS Vincennes shoots down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard (1988)
b: Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier (1951); d: Brian Jones (1969), Jim Morrison (1971), Abu Daoud (2010)
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