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An artists depiction of the incident.

In the Persian Gulf on this day in 1988, the U.S. Navy cruiser Vincennes
shoots down an Iranian passenger jet that it mistakes for a hostile Iranian
fighter aircraft. Two missiles were fired from the American warship–the
aircraft was  hit, and all 290 people aboard were killed. The attack came
near the end of the
Iran-Iraq War, when U.S. vessels were in the gulf
defending Kuwaiti oil tankers. Minutes before Iran Air Flight 655 was
shot down, the Vincennes had engaged Iranian gunboats that shot at
its helicopter.

Iran called the downing of the aircraft a “barbaric massacre,” but U.S.
officials defended the action, claiming that the aircraft was outside the
commercial jet flight corridor, flying at only 7,800 feet, and was on a
descent toward the Vincennes. However, one month later, the United
States acknowledged that the airbus was in the commercial flight
corridor, flying at 12,000 feet, and not descending. The U.S. Navy
report blamed crew error caused by psychological stress on men
who were in combat for the first time. In 1996, the U.S. agreed to pay
$62 million in damages to the families of the Iranians killed in the attack.       

   

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On this day in 1927, 25-year-old Charles Lindbergh (above) became
the first person to make a nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic
Ocean, taking off from New York’s Roosevelt Field and arriving in
Paris, France 33.5 hours later.

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Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis on the way to Paris.

Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris having just flown solo over the Atlantic © Getty

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Crowds race to meet Charles Lindbergh after he lands the Spirit of St. Louis in Paris.

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Charles Augustus Lindbergh
(February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974)

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Plaque at Harbour Grace, Newfoundland.    
  
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On May 20, 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland; she
landed in Ireland nearly 15 hours later, becoming the first woman
to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

    
      

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Amelia Mary Earhart  (July 24, 1897; disappeared July 2, 1937)

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The Hindenburg flies over Manhattan on May 6, 1937.

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Hindenburg Crash Site Memorial today in Lakehurst, NJ .

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Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet
Union on this day in 1960. Powers (below) was taken prisoner.

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The charred wreckage of U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 spy
plane is shown on display at the Central Armed Forces Museum
in Moscow, April 30, 2010. (AP)

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On this day in 1970, an oxygen tank exploded on Apollo 13, which
prevented the planned moon landing.

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Artists painting showing the explosion on board Apollo 13.

The repair dubbed the "mail box" that saved the Apollo 13 astronauts. After an oxygen tank exploded, the three men
had to retreat to the Lunar Module and use duct tape, along
with plastic plastic bags and lithium hydroxide canisters to
build a makeshift CO2 scrubber.
       

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