2019: During a press conference in the Oval Office, U.S. president Donald Trump mistakenly names a long-deceased Iranian leader as a target of new U.S. sanctions. In his statement, Trump tells the world he is sanctioning “Ayatollah Khomeini,” (who passed away in 1989), as opposed to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s current supreme leader. Specifically, Trump says: “Sanctions imposed through the executive order that I’m about to sign will deny the supreme leader and the supreme leader’s office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support. The assets of Ayatollah Khomeini and his office will not be spared from the sanctions.”
1975: Eastern Airlines flight 66 crashes into the approach lights for runway 22L at Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, killing 113 of 124 people onboard. The probable cause of the accident has been attributed to adverse winds associated with a very strong thunderstorm.