A president is shot, Cal Ripken Jr. breaks an unbreakable record, and the world mourns the passing of a princess, all on this day.
1996: Hurricane Fran makes landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, as a Category 3 storm with 115 mph sustained winds. Fran caused more than $3 billion in damage and killed 27 people, mainly in North Carolina. The name "Fran" later was retired due to the extensive damage.
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