ON THIS DAY
1502: Christopher Columbus lands in what is now Costa Rica on his fourth and last voyage to the New World.
1961: Swedish UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, 56, is killed in an air crash.
1970: Jimi Hendrix, US rock singer and guitarist, dies of a drug overdose aged 27.
2001: Letters postmarked in Trenton, New Jersey, which test positive for anthrax, are sent to The New York Post and the US NBC broadcasting network anchor Tom Brokaw.
2013: Tony Abbott is sworn in as Australian Prime Minister, 11 days after his election win over Labor’s Kevin Rudd.
Birthdays: Samuel Johnson, English poet and critic (1709-1784); Greta Garbo, Swedish-born actor (1905-1990); James Gandolfini, US actor (1961-2013); Lance Armstrong, US cyclist (1971-); Louise Sauvage, Australian Paralympian (1973-)