The "frankfurter" is born, the Holland Tunnel opens to traffic, the Supreme Court integrates Alabama's public buses, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated, and water is found on the moon, all on this day.
1974: Karen Silkwood, a technician and union activist at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron plutonium plant near Crescent, Okla., dies in a car accident under mysterious circumstances. Although the police report would indicate she fell asleep at the wheel, drove off the road and hit a culvert, some journalists theorized that her car was actually rammed from behind by another vehicle, with the intent to cause an accident that would result in her death. Her life would be portrayed in the 1983 Oscar-winning film "Silkwood," with Meryl Streep playing Silkwood.
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