A Historical Day

(1902) Australian lieutenants in Boer War executed
1902 Australian lieutenants Harry ‘The Breaker’ Morant and Peter Handcock are executed for war crimes during the Second Boer War. Later, court records will disappear and lead to suspicion of a British cover-up..
(1964) Italy requests help to keep Pisa’s tower from toppling
A cathedral’s 791-year-old bell tower in the Italian city of Pisa, always a little askew, is now in real danger of collapsing completely. Italy puts out a call for a straight solution. . 1964
(1973) The occupation of Wounded Knee begins
1973 Sparked by a combination of tribal corruption and the US government’s mishandling of treaties, members of the American Indian Movement, and about 200 Oglala Lakota seize and occupy Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Law enforcement agencies will cordon off the area, and the occupation will last until May..
(2002) Hindu pilgrims die in burning train
A train returning from the disputed holy site of Ayodhya erupts in flames outside Godhra station in Uttar Pradesh, India, killing 56 Hindu pilgrims. A six-year investigation into the incident will conclude that the fire was started deliberately by a Muslim mob, though decisive evidence will prove elusive.. 2002