The deadliest earthquake in recorded history hits China, Duke Ellington plays Carnegie Hall, North Korea captures a U.S. Navy ship, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first class, all on this day.
2002: Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan, where he had gone as part of an investigation into the alleged links between "Shoe Bomber" Richard Reid and Al-Qaeda. He was beheaded by his captors nine days later. In March 2007, at a closed military hearing in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said that he had personally beheaded Pearl.
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