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North Korean and South Korean ships skirmish off Daecheon Island.
NASA declares the Phoenix mission concluded after losing communications with the lander, five months after it began its exploration on the surface of Mars.
WorldCom and MCI Communications announce a merger, the largest in US history up to that time.
German citizens begin tearing down the Berlin Wall.
President Ronald Reagan refuses to reveal details of the Iran arms sale.
Miranda Lambert, country singer (“Kerosene,” “Famous in a Small Town”)
Brittany Murphy, actress, voice actress, singer, producer; films include Clueless and Sin City; voice of Luanne Platter on long-running animated TV series King of the Hill.
The iron ore freighter Edmund Fitzgerald breaks in half and sinks at the eastern end of Lake Superior–all 29 crew members perish.
Hijackers divert a jet to Detroit, demanding $10 million and ten parachutes.
Two women are tarred and feathered in Belfast for dating British soldiers, while in Londonderry, Northern Ireland a Catholic girl is also tarred and feathered for her intention of marrying a British soldier.
The PBS children’s program Sesame Street debuts.
Australia begins a draft to fulfill its commitment in Vietnam.
Hugh Bonneville, actor (Downton Abbey, Notting Hill).
Eleanor Roosevelt is buried, she had died three days earlier.
Andrew Hatcher is named associate press secretary to President John F. Kennedy.