Pan Am Flight 7 was a westbound round-the-world flight operated by Pan
American World Airways that crashed in the Pacific Ocean on November 8,
1957, while flying from San Francisco International Airport to Honolulu
International Airport. The crash of the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-29
(example pictured) killed all thirty-six passengers and eight crew
members. The flight's fate was not known until about nine hours after
its last radio transmission. No emergency radio reports were received.
The United States Coast Guard launched an extensive week-long search for
the plane and survivors. The bodies of 19 of the victims and pieces of
the plane were eventually recovered about 900 nautical miles (1,000 mi;
1,700 km) northeast of Honolulu. Although theories about the cause of
the crash included sabotage, poor maintenance, and fire, the final
report from the Civil Aeronautics Board, who conducted the official
investigation, concluded that the board did not have enough evidence to
determine the cause of the accident.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
French and Indian War: Led by 22-year-old George Washington, a
company of Virginia colonial militiamen ambushed a force of 35 Canadiens
at the Battle of Jumonville Glen (depicted).
The rise of Neville Chamberlain culminated with his accession
as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission carried out five
underground nuclear tests, becoming the seventh country in the world to
successfully develop and publicly test nuclear weapons.
An independent commission appointed by the Football Association
voted two-to-one to allow Wimbledon F.C. to relocate from London to
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(weaponry, obsolete, rare) The study of artillery; the practice of using
artillery as a weapon.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this
time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas. Once again, we have tragically
proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms
grant us. … As Americans, Texans, mothers and fathers, it's time we
re-evaluate, and renegotiate our wants from our needs. We have to
rearrange our values and find a common ground above this devastating
American reality that has tragically become our children’s issue.
This is an epidemic we can control, and whichever side of the aisle we
may stand on, we all know we can do better. We must do better. Action
must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in
Uvalde and the others before them have endured.
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