John F. Kennedy marries Jackie, "Lassie," "The Monkees," "Bonanza" and "Taxi" all premiere on TV, and The Man in Black dies, all on this day.
1942: The RMS Laconia, carrying 268 British soldiers, 160 Polish soldiers, 80 civilians and 1,800 Italian prisoners of war, is torpedoed off the coast of West Africa during World War II. When Werner Hartenstein, commanding officer of the U-boat that attacked the ocean liner, realized civilians and prisoners of war were on board, he surfaced to rescue survivors and called for more help. The next day, when an American B-24 Liberator bomber started attacking the U-boats, the Germans ordered their submarines to dive, abandoning many survivors. Estimates place the total number of survivors from the ship at around 1,500.
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