On this day: Planes collide in Illinois


On the 19th of November, 1996, two planes collided on the runway at Quincy, Illinois in the United States. Everyone on both planes died in the resulting fire and explosion.

The incident occurred when United Express Flight 5925 came in to land at the same time a King Air plane took off on an intersecting runway.


Inadequate rescue and firefighting equipment meant that while some people on the ground came to the aid of the passengers and crew, they could not get anybody out in time.


On this day: Ukrainian and American Olympic Champions

The 29th of July 1996 was the date for many of the gymnastics finals at the Atlanta Olympics.

Lilia Podkopayeva floor exercise 1996 Atlanta Olympics Ukraine Ukrainian

Despite her country struggling to find funds in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukrainian gymnast Lilia Podkopayeva qualified for both the balance beam and floor exercise finals.

Lilia Podkopayeva balance beam 1996 Atlanta Olympics Ukraine Ukrainian

Podkopayeva, aged seventeen, had won the prestigious individual all around gold four days earlier, won the silver medal on beam, and then finished her Olympics with a gold medal for her floor exercise.

millerpod Lilia Podkoayeva Ukraine Shannon Miller USA 1996 balance beam olympic games

Podkopayeva and Miller receive their beam medals.

Podkopayeva would win gold a few hours later.

US gymnast Shannon Miller, a nineteen-year-old national star who came home from the 1992 Olympics with five medals but no gold, won her first individual title on the balance beam.

0643_1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, GA. Shannon miller.

The twentieth anniversary of the Atlanta Olympics bombing.

Flags fly at half-mast at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics after two were killed and 111 injured in a bombing for an anti-abortion and anti-gay agenda.

Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia, USA was bombed on the 27th of July, 1996. Two people were killed and 111 injured when Eric Robert Rudolph placed a US military pack containing three pipe bombs surrounded by nails in the so-called “town square” of the Olympic venue.

He later said he committed the attack because he didn’t agree with women having the right to abortion.

Atlanta_Olympic_Park_Bomb_AftermathFlags fly at half-mast at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics after two were killed and 111 injured in a bombing for an anti-abortion and anti-gay agenda.

Rudolph later confessed to the bombings of women’s health clinics and gay bars.

On this day: the Port Arthur Massacre

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre that occurred in Tasmania, Australia.

This mass shooting (Australia’s last) at one of the nation’s most famous historic sites and tourist attractions was committed by a twenty-eight year old gunman by the name of Martin Bryant. Thirty-five people were killed and twenty-three others were wounded.

When Australia had a mass killing … it was just so shocking the entire country said Well we're going to completely change our gun laws and they did. And it hasn't happened since.

The massacre shocked Australians so much that they immediately changed the nation’s gun laws, and embarked on a gun buyback scheme that saw thousands of weapons surrendered.

1996 After Port Arthur Australia puts an end to mass shootings with a gun buyback scheme.

Crazed killer Martin Bryant. Port Arthur Massacre.

Martin Bryant

Australia has not has a mass shooting in two decades.