Thomas Jefferson becomes the first secretary of state, the Dachau concentration camp opens, The Beatles release their first album, and the Comet Hale-Bopp does a fly-by, all on this day.
1992: USAir Flight 405 crashes into Flushing Bay shortly after liftoff from New York City's LaGuardia Airport. Of the 51 people on board, 27 were killed in the accident, including the captain and one of the cabin crew members. The crash led to a number of studies into the effect that ice has on aircraft and several recommendations into prevention techniques.
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