1998—Brokers who rigged the game at NASDAQ are compelled to pay their bilked customers $1 billion.
1989—The Berlin Wall suddenly becomes unexpectedly porous.
1979—Zbigniew Brzezinski gets a call: “250 nuclear missiles incoming!” Then another: “Make that 2,000!” A third says, [Gilda voice.] “Never mind.”
1977—William C. Sullivan, former Hoover hatchet man who once predicted he’d be murdered in a faked accident, is accidentally shot by a fellow hunter in Sugar Hill, N.H.
1969—Indians land on Alcatraz. Some are removed by the Coast Guard, others stay overnight.
1965—One power plant in Ontario fails, the whole Northeast goes dark.
1953—Dylan Thomas dies in New York at 39, mostly from bad doctoring.
1938—German Nazis demonstrate their racial superiority during Kristallnacht by killing 91 Jews.
1932—To restore order, the Swiss Army fires on a crowd of protestors in Geneva, killing 13 anti-fascists.
1919—Columbia U. head Nicholas M. Butler tells veterans to “crush these [radical leftist] enemies of our nation.”
1872—Boston’s Fire Department, nearly horseless due to a “Great Epizootic,” sees 600 buildings burn, but Old South Church is saved by 34 Portsmouthians and “Kearsarge 3.”
1863—Abraham Lincoln watches John Wilkes Booth perform in Selby’s “The Marble Heart” at Ford’s Theatre.