2009: Nine people are killed and more than 70 injured when two above-ground Metrorail trains collide along Washington D.C.’s Red Line during rush hour.
2004: The Bush administration announces that international terrorism killed 625 people in 2003, more than double the 307 deaths the administration cited in a faulty “Patterns of Global Terrorism” report issued less than two months earlier. When the State Department published the original report it was used as evidence that Washington was winning the war on terror, prompting speculation that the figures were manipulated to enhance President Bush’s chances for re-election.
1962: An Air France Boeing 707 crashes into a peak named Dos D’Ane (the Donkey’s Back) on the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, killing all 113 passengers and crew members aboard.
1633: Galileo Galilei is convicted of heresy for claiming that the earth revolves around the sun.