1. 1984: San Ysidro McDonalds massacre
A horrific event takes place at a Mcdonalds in the small town of San Ysidro, California just two miles north of the Mexican border on this date, 1984. After reportedly telling his wife “I’m going hunting… for humans”, James Oliver Huberty, who had a history of mental problems, walked into the Mcdonalds carrying a small arsenal. Weapons such as semi-automatic rifles and a 9mm full-auto pistol were used to kill 21 people and leave 19 more seriously injured. There was so much shooting that police thought there were multiple gunmen. One of the McDonlads employees managed to escape through the basement and informed police officials on the scene that Huberty was all alone and did’t have hostages. With that information Police decided to have sharp shooters “take him out”. Once Huberty had been taken down law enforcement and medical professionals were able to enter the building and tend to the wounded.
2. 1969: Ted Kennedy car accident on Chappaquiddick Island
On this day in 1969 Edward “Ted” Kennedy was attending a party on Chappaquiddick Island, near Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The part was intended as a reunion for the people that had worked on Ted’s brother, Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign. Just after 11 p.m. Ted reportedly got in his Oldsmobile along with Mary-Jo Kopechne, 28 year old campaign specialist, to head towards the ferry line getting them back to the mainland so they could each go home. However when driving down the main road Ted apparently turned onto a dirt road that apparently led to a a private beach. Things took a turn for the worse when Kennedy missed the narrow wooden bridge and drove the Olds right into Poucha Pond. He managed to break free from the car that sank to the bottom, but he was not able to free Kopechne. Kennedy being a married man, claimed that he had made a wrong turn onto the dirt road but it was later reported that both Kennedy and Kopechne had been down this road before. It was also determined later that Kopechne had left both her purse and keys at the party. It was more than 10 hours before Kennedy finally reported the accident, leading many to believe there were attempts to cover up the whole incident.
3. 1986: Titanic footage released to the public
It was on this date in 1986 that new closeup video footage of the sunken cruise ship, Titanic is revealed to the public. Marine geologist Robert Ballard was the one responsible for finding the Titanic in 1985, more than 73 years after it had struck an iceberg and sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Just a year later Ballard returned to the wreck, but this time he had intentions of diving down to the reported 13,000ft depth where the wreckage sat. Thanks to the deep water submersible known as Alvin, and it’s pilot Ralph Hollis they were able to dive more than 2 miles beneath the surface to reach the wreck. Also on board was Mark Bowen who was responsible for piloting the “swimming eyeball”, a robotic submarine named Jason Jr. This allowed the men to explore the inside of the ship without putting themselves in even more danger. The footage they were able to get down there was quite shocking to all those that watched. In stunning detail you could see things like the coral covered chandelier, or majestic grand staircase that once was considered to be the most luxurious ship on the water.