Video: 'Air Crash Investigations - Who's At The Controls? (Eastern Airlines Flight 401)'
(Friday, December 29, 1972, 11:32 p.m. EDT) — Eastern Air Lines Flight 401, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, crashed today into the Florida Everglades near Miami International Airport, killing 101 of the 176 people aboard. Investigators determined that the crew was distracted by a burned-out indicator light, and failed to notice that the autopilot had become disengaged, sending the plane into a slow descent leading to the late-night crash.
(Saturday, December 29, 1962) — You Are My Sunshine by Ray Charles peaked at #7 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week. It was Charles’ eighth of eleven top 10 hits on the chart (1959-1965).
Video: 'Private Chatfield wrote on 1862-12-29.avi'
(Monday, December 29, 1862; during the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, the opening engagement of the Vicksburg Campaign during the American Civil War) — Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman ordered a frontal assault on Confederate forces under Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton at Warren County, Mississippi, today, then withdrew when it was repulsed with heavy casualties. The Confederate victory frustrated Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s attempts to take Vicksburg by direct approach.