On this day: September 6

Published On: Sep 05 2012 11:21:24 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 06 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

A president is shot, Cal Ripken Jr. breaks an unbreakable record, and the world mourns the passing of a princess, all on this day.

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1970: Two passenger jets bound from Europe to New York are simultaneously hijacked by Palestinian terrorist members of PFLP and taken to Dawson's Field in Jordan. Another plane was later hijacked by a terrorist sympathizer and brought to the field. While most of the passengers were released on Sept. 11, the hijackers kept 56 Jewish hostages and demanded the release of Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israel. On Sept. 12, the terrorists emptied the planes and destroyed them with explosives. All the hostages were eventually recovered.

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