On this day: the Jolimont Centre siege

js-1On the 29th of November, 1993 a man by the name of Felipe Ruizdiaz went on a rampage in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. Ruizdiaz

On the 29th of November, 1993 a man by the name of Felipe Ruizdiaz went on a rampage in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. Ruizdiaz, 47, shot the manager at Dickson Swimming Pool before driving his ute, filled with gas canisters and petrol, to the Jolimont Centre in Canberra’s city centre.

Jolimont_Centre_siege_1993In what was believed to be a revenge attack on his estranged wife

In what was believed to be a revenge attack on his estranged wife, he drove into the entrance of the multi-storey building and began to throw petrol bombs before shooting at emergency service members who responded to the incident.

Ruizdiaz eventually shot and killed himself.

js-2On the 29th of November, 1993 a man by the name of Felipe Ruizdiaz went on a rampage in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. Ruizdiaz

A radio station located in the building continued to broadcast throughout the attack.

On this day: worldwide celebrations for Hitler

On the 20th of April, 1939, Germans both in Germany and around the world held celebrations for Adolf Hitler’s fiftieth birthday.

Below is a German club in Adelaide, Australia decorated for the event:

Hitler's_50th_birthday_in_AustraliaAdolf Hitler's 50th birthday party in Australia. Taken in a German Club, Adelaide. 20th April 1939.

And Hitler in Berlin being congratulated by his government:

Bundesarchiv_Bild_183-1988-0202-503,_Hitlers_50__GeburtstagThe government of Nazi Germany congratulating Hitler at the Reichskanzlei in Berlin, 20th April 1939.

 

On this day: the 1993 Big Bayou Canot train disaster

SUNSET LIMITED crash site

At 2:53am on the 22nd of September, 1993, the worst crash in Amtrak history happened on a bridge in Alabama.

Eight minutes earlier heavy barges had collided with the bridge, causing a deformation of the train tracks.

The wreck of the Sunset Limited after the crash

The train was running late, as it had been held in New Orleans for some repair work. Had it not been, it would have passed over the bridge twenty minutes before the damage occurred.

47 people were killed in the wreck, with another 103 injured.