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1988

Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland

On this day in 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York explodes in midair over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members aboard, as well as 11 Lockerbie residents on the ground. A bomb hidden inside an audio cassette player detonated in the cargo area when the plane was at an altitude of 31,000 feet. The disaster, which became the subject of Britain's largest c... Read more >

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1891

Basketball is Invented

"Harrumph. Another new game”

That was the damning indictment of a brand new ballgame that was first played in its modern form on this day in 1891. A Canadian PE instructor called James Naismith decided that he wanted to devise a sport that would condition his athletic students during the cold winter months, but which was less physically damaging than American Football. By nailing a pea... Read more >