The Venus de Milo is uncovered, Pablo Picasso dies, Hank Aaron belts a milestone home run, "The Godfather Part II" makes Oscar history, and Somali pirates briefly seize an American vessel, all on this day.
2009: In the first successful pirate seizure of a ship registered under the American flag since the early 19th century, Somali pirates hijack the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama 240 nautical miles southeast of the Somali port city of Eyl. The cargo ship's crew quickly retook the vessel, but the four pirates escaped in a lifeboat with Capt. Richard Phillips as their hostage. After a four-day standoff, U.S. Navy sharpshooters aboard the USS Bainbridge killed three of the pirates and Phillips was then rescued. The fourth pirate, who was aboard the Bainbridge negotiating a ransom at the time of the rescue, was taken into custody.
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