The Legendary Lufthansa Heist Pulled Off 41 Years Ago Today

Today in 1620, the 103 "Mayflower" pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

Today in 1932, snow fell in San Francisco.The coldest day on record, the temp was 27 degrees.

Today in 1967, the Concorde, the world’s first supersonic airliner,was unveiled in France. It had its first test flight in 1969 andcompleted its first transatlantic crossing in 1973.

Today in 1978, six masked men bound 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at NYC Kennedy Airport and made off with $5.8M in cash and jewelry.

Today in 1990, the 69th manned space mission – known as STS 35 (or Columbia 11) –returned from space.

Today in 1993, President Clinton, in his weekly radio address,said the nation must fight "violence with values,"and praised radio stations that refused to play songs advocating violent crime or showing contempt for women.

Today in 1998, the House Judiciary Committee approved four articles of impeachment against President Clinton, all stemming from his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky and the long campaign to cover it up.

Today in 1999, President Clinton admitted for the first time that his 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military wasn't working, and he pledged to work with the Pentagon to find a way to fix it.

Today in 2001, Attorney General Ashcroft announced the first federal indictment directly related to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001. Zacarias Moussaoui was charged with six conspiracy charges. Moussaoui was in custody at the time of the attacks.

Today in 2001, federal agents seized computers in 27 cities across the United States as part of "Operation Buccaneer."The raids were used to gain evidence against an international software piracy ring.

Today in 2008, Bernard Madoff was arrested and charged with securities fraud for $50-billion.

Today in 2012, HSBC bank settled with US authorities to pay $1.9-billion for drug cartel money laundering.

Today in 2013, Pope Francis was named “Time” magazine’s Person of the Year.

Today in 2014, the world's first penis transplant procedure was performed by a team from Stellenbosch Universityand Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. A paper on the study was published the following April.

Today in 2015, "Playboy" magazine published its last nude issue, featuring Pamela Anderson on the cover.

Today in 2017, an attempted suicide terrorist bomb attack in New York wounded three, but failed to fully detonate. The bungled bomber has since plead not guilty. 

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