A president is shot, Cal Ripken Jr. breaks an unbreakable record, and the world mourns the passing of a princess, all on this day.
1983: The Soviet Union admits to shooting down Korean Air Flight KAL-007 on Sept. 1, 1983, stating that the pilots did not know it was a civilian aircraft when it violated Soviet airspace. All 269 passengers and crew aboard were killed, including U.S. Rep. Lawrence McDonald. The aircraft was en route from New York City to Seoul via Anchorage when it strayed into prohibited Soviet airspace around the time of a U.S. reconnaissance mission.
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