TODAY IN HISTORY
During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln removed Gen. George B. McClellan as general-in-chief of the Union armies.
The Blizzard of ’88, also known as the “Great White Hurricane,” began inundating the northeastern United States, resulting in some 400 deaths.
What are believed to be the first confirmed U.S. cases of a deadly global flu pandemic were reported among U.S. Army soldiers stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas; 46 would die.
More than 130hostages held in Washington,
D.C., by Hanafi Muslims were freed after ambassadors from three Islamic nations joined the negotiations.
A U.S. Army helicopter crashed near Fort Drum in upstate New York, killing 11 soldiers.
Ten bombs exploded in quick succession across the commuter rail network in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people in an attack linked to al-Qaeda-inspired militants.
Former ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson is 86. Actress Tricia O’Neil is 75. Country singer Jimmy Fortune is 65. Actress Alex Kingston is 57. Actor Johnny Knoxville is 49. TV personality Melissa Rycroft is 37. Actress Jodie Comer is 27.