2009: A 14-car freight train carrying liquefied petroleum gas from La Spezia to Pisa derails and explodes in the Tuscan seaside town of Viareggio, Italy, starting a fire that kills 22 people and injures more than 50 others.
2007: The National Football League folds its European league (NFL Europa) after 15 years of operation. The league had been losing approximately $30 million a season.
2006: Brian Kilmeade, co-host of both Brian & the Judge (radio) and Fox News & Friends (TV), recommends the U.S. government create an Office of Censorship to screen news reports to determine whether they “hurt the country” or are of “news value.”
2001: On the last trading day of the quarter, a computer command error at NASDAQ’s Trumbull, Connecticut, office abruptly shuts down two of the electronic stock market’s platforms for almost two hours.
1995: All five above-ground stories of the south wing of Seoul’s Sampoong Department Store collapse in less than 30 seconds, crushing the four basement floors under their weight. More than five-hundred people are killed and 937 injured, making this the worst peacetime disaster in South Korea’s history.
1967: Actress Jayne Mansfield and two other adults die when their Buick Electra is involved in a rear underride crash with a tractor-trailer near New Orleans, Louisiana. Three of Mansfield’s children, including three-year-old Mariska Margitay—who plays detective Olivia Benson on the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit—survive the accident.