A president is shot, Cal Ripken Jr. breaks an unbreakable record, and the world mourns the passing of a princess, all on this day.
1972: Nine Israeli athletes taken hostage at Olympic Village in Munich by the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group die at the hands of the kidnappers during a failed rescue attempt by German police at a nearby NATO airbase that also left five of the eight terrorists and a German police officer dead. The hostage crisis had begun the previous day, during which two other Israeli athletes were slain in the terrorists' initial attack. This memorial plaque stands in front of the Israeli athletes' quarters commemorating the victims.
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