The Jonesboro, AK School Shooting Plays Out On This Date In 1998

Today in 1962, Marilyn Monroe and President Kennedy stayed at Bing Crosby's Palm Springs home for the weekend. Monroe said it was the only time she ever slept with Kennedy.

Today in 1966, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the "poll tax" was unconstitutional.

Today in 1989, the nation’s second biggest oil spill happened when the Exxon Valdez rammed a charted reef about 25 miles from Port Valdez, Alaska. The tanker leaked 240,000 of the 1.2-million barrels on board.

Today in 1998, two students, ages 13 and 11, dressed in camouflage opened fire on dozens of schoolmates at Westside Middle School, in a quiet rural area just west of Jonesboro, Arkansas. In the end, four girls and one teacher were killed in what police said was a carefully planned ambush. Nine other girls and one other teacher were also wounded. The shooters were pronounced delinquent in juvenile court the following August and are both now free.

Today in 1998, a former FBI agent said papers found in James Earl Ray's car supported a conspiracy theory in the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Ray died in prison the following month.

Today in 1999, the seven-mile tunnel under Mont Blanc in France was an inferno after a truck carrying flour and margarine caught on fire. At least 35 people were killed.

Today in 2011, United States soldier Jeremy Morlock was sentenced to twenty-four years in prison for murdering Afghanistan civilians after striking a plea deal. Morlock claimed all those involved in the killings, including his unit’s leader, Calvin Gibbs, were aware that the civilians were innocent.

Today in 2012, former Vice President Dick Cheney received a heart transplant at the age of 71. He has been suffering heart problems since the age of 37.

Today in 2015, the Opportunity rover became the first to complete a Martian marathon.

Today in 2017, President Donald Trump and Republican party were forced to pull their attempt to repeal Obamacare after internal opposition.

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