TODAY IN HISTORY

On this day in 2011, a murder–suicide attack took place in the City of Liège, Belgium, killing six and leaving 125 others injured at a Christmas market.
The attacker, 33-year-old Nordine Amrani, threw grenades and fired an FN FAL rifle at civilians on Saint-Lambert Square.
Seven cases of those injured were very serious.
Amrani then committed suicide by shooting himself with a revolver.
Earlier that day, he had also murdered a woman in his house.
The attack occurred on the same day and at the same hour as the 2011 Florence shootings.

 

 

 

*On this day in 1977, Air Indiana Flight 216 crashed near Evansville Regional Airport, killing 29, including the University of Evansville basketball team, support staff, and boosters of the team.
The Air Indiana Flight 216 crash occurred when a Douglas DC-3 carrying the University of Evansville basketball team, crashed on takeoff at the Evansville Regional Airport in Evansville, Indiana.
The aircraft lost control and crashed shortly after lift-off.
The plane was on its way to Nashville International Airport, taking the team to play the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.
The National Transportation Safety Board blamed the crash on the pilot’s failure to remove gust locks on the right aileron and the rudder before takeoff, as well as an overloaded baggage compartment.
The NTSB report said that the plane might have been able to stay airborne had only one of the problems existed.
As it was, the extra baggage shifted the plane’s center of gravity to the back end, and the locked rudder and aileron made it impossible to provide the needed lift to overcome the extra weight.
Two weeks after the crash, the only member of the basketball team who was not on the DC-3 was killed after being hit by a drunk driver, leaving all of the members of the 1977 Purple Aces Basketball team dead.
A memorial has been constructed at the University of Evansville known as the “Weeping Basketball.”
On stone slabs are engraved the names of the members killed in both the plane crash as well as the student killed in a car accident.
Also engraved is an excerpt from the eulogy delivered by school president Wallace Graves at a memorial service: “Out of the agony of this hour we will rise.” The 29th person is Charles Goad of Goad Equipment Company. He was a fan and friend of Bob Hudson. Bob had asked him if he wanted to go with them on the plane and he accepted.

 

 

 

*On this day in 2006, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by United Nations General Assembly.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights treaty of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.
Parties to the Convention are required to promote, protect, and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities and ensure that they enjoy full equality under the law.
The Convention has served as the major catalyst in the global movement from viewing persons with disabilities as objects of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing them as full and equal members of society, with human rights.
It is also the only UN human rights instrument with an explicit sustainable development dimension.
The Convention was the first human rights treaty of the twenty-first century.
The text was adopted in 2006 and opened for signature on 30 March 2007.
Following ratification by the 20th party, it came into force on 3 May 2008.
As of October 2018, it has 162 signatories and 177 parties, which includes 172 states and the European Union.
In December 2012, a vote in the United States Senate fell six votes short of the two-thirds majority required for ratification.
The Convention is monitored by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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