1968 Apollo 8 Launch
NASA’s Apollo 8 launched from Cape Canaveral on America’s first manned lunar mission, with a crew of three astronauts. The space mission sent back pictures of the moon, as well as of Earth, from space. Apollo 8 returned home and landed safely on Dec. 27, 1968.
1988 Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing
A Pan Am plane en route from London to New York’s JFK airport exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, in midair. A bomb had been planted. All passengers and crew members onboard were killed, along with 11 people on the ground. Libyan intelligence agent Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was the only person convicted in the bombing. Al-Megrahi served only eight years of his life sentence. He had terminal prostate cancer, and was released from prison and allowed to return to Libya in 2009.
1996 Newt Gingrich Admits to Ethics Violations
Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich admitted to giving false information to ethics committee. For two years, the Republican speaker denied any wrongdoing.
1926 Joe Paterno
1935 Phil Donahue
1937 Jane Fonda
1948 Samuel L. Jackson
1957 Ray Romano
1965 Andy Dick
1966 Kiefer Sutherland
1978 Mike Vitar
1981 Frankie Abernathy
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