Sept-12: Camelot, Biko, Crashes and Monkees

Camelot, Biko, Fatal Crashes and Monkees

1953

A Camelot Wedding in Newport

U.S. Representative John F. Kennedy weds Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island, followed by a reception at the bride’s property at Hammersmith Farm.

1966

The Monkees Premier on NBC

The Monkees’ two-season run debuts on NBC.

1977

Steve Biko Dies in Custody

Anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko died from a brain hemorrhage caused by injuries sustained in police custody.  His death national and international outrage and was dramatized in the 1987 Oscar-nominated film, “Cry Freedom.”

“You can blow out a candle, but you can’t blow out a fire . . . ”   Peter Gabriel.

1994

Plane Crashes on White House Lawn

Frank Eugene Corder crashes a single-engine Cessna 150 into the White House’s south lawn, striking the West wing and killing himself.

2008

Chatsworth Metrolink Train Crash

Twenty-eight people were killed when a Union Pacific freight train collided head-on with a Metrolink commuter train in Chatsworth.  The collision was caused by the Metrolink running a red signal, as the train’s engineer was distracted by text messages he was sending.

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