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1170 - Archbishop Thomas Becket is murdered in Canterbury Cathedral by four knights who believe they are following the orders of King Henry II.
1860 - HMS Warrior is launched.
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Jan 1 17 6:42 AM
1952 – B-50 / Alaska
Although checklists were followed and procedures approved by an
on-board AEC representative, a nuclear weapon was unintentionally jettisoned
from a B-50 when the release shackle became unlocked and the bomb fell through
the bomb bay doors onto the Alaskan tundra. (No other details currently
Chuck Hansen, “The Swords of
Armageddon,” Vol. VII, p.239.
Jan 2 17 5:31 AM
Jan 2 17 11:17 PM
1905 - Port Arthur surrenders to the Japanese.
1959 - The USSR launches Luna 1 towards the Moon and provides details to Jodrell Bank in Britain to independently confirm the flight. Luna 1 in fact went off course and missed the Moon, so it was re-named 'the dream'.
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Jan 4 17 6:11 AM
1958 – Railway Accident / Hamburg, New
A derailment accident occurred on the Nickel Plate Road near
Hamburg, New York approximately fifteen miles south of Buffalo at 4:50 AM EST.
Thirty-two cars of a 78-car train were derailed behind the engine. No one was
injured or killed; early assessment indicated that the accident was caused by a
broken axle or defective junction box on the second car behind the engine. The
AEC shipment was enroute from the manufacturing facility at Burlington, Iowa;
it included assembled and loaded bomb casings, which were undamaged.
An early news release about the
accident quoted a railroad employee as saying without official authorization
that the shipment contained enough explosives to "blow up the western end
of New York State." In order to counter this statement, the AEC issued a news
release that stated: "The Commission has been advised of a wreck near
Buffalo, New York of a freight train which carried a routine AEC classified
shipment. The shipment included a quantity of non-nuclear conventional
explosive. There was no danger of a nuclear detonation. The shipment was
unharmed and will shortly be on its way again." The entire shipment left
Buffalo at 10:00 AM on January 5, en route to its original destination. (Not a "Broken Arrow"
Chuck Hansen, “The Swords of
Armageddon,” Vol. VII, pp.245-246.
Jan 4 17 11:29 PM
1967 - Donald Campbell is killed while trying to set a new world water speed record when his boat Bluebird K7 goes airborne at over 300 mph just 200 yards short of the end of the second run, flips 50 feet into the air and disintegrates on impact.
Mr Whoppit is recovered and still used by the Campbell's.
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