Sherman begins his march to the sea, FDR lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial, and Elvis Presley makes his movie debut, all on this day.
1979: A package from the Unabomber, who later would be identified as Ted Kaczynski, begins smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, D.C., forcing the plane to make an emergency landing. Twelve passengers had to be treated afterward for smoke inhalation. It was later determined that the bomb was powerful enough to have destroyed the aircraft, but a faulty timer stopped it from working correctly. Although the attack was not Kaczynski's first, since an airliner bombing is a federal crime it was the first to bring the Unabomber to the FBI's attention.
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