On this day: November 14

Published On: Nov 13 2012 01:18:16 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 14 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

America's first library opens, a plane crash kills most of the Marshall University football team, Princess Anne marries a commoner, and Michael Jackson premieres his "Black or White" video, all on this day.

OTD November 14 - Marshall football team
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1970: Southern Airways Flight 932 crashes in the mountains near Huntington, West Virginia, killing all 75 people on the plane, including members of the Marshall University football team, who were returning home after a 17–14 loss to the East Carolina Pirates in Greenville, North Carolina. Among those killed in the crash were 37 football players, eight coaches, including head coach Rick Tolley, and 25 school boosters. The crash almost led to the discontinuation of the university's football program, but a group of players who were on the junior varsity football team during the 1970 season, as well as students and athletes from other sports, were recruited to form a 1971 football team.

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