Daily Archives: December 29, 2012

Jetliner crashes in Florida Everglades, 101 killed 40 years ago this hour (1972)


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.

Hanoi agrees to negotiate, ‘Christmas Bombings’ end 40 years ago today (1972)


Video: Dec. 29, 1972 (6:42)

(Friday, December 29, 1972; during Operation Linebacker II, part of the Vietnam War) — The final raids of “Christmas Bombings” of North Vietnam were made today by 60 U.S. aircraft. Hanoi agreed to resume negotiations in Paris within five days, so U.S. President Richard Nixon suspended aerial operations north of the 20th parallel. Continue reading Hanoi agrees to negotiate, ‘Christmas Bombings’ end 40 years ago today (1972)

Kennedy addresses Cubans in Orange Bowl ceremony 50 years ago today (1962)


Video: 'December 29, 1962 - President John F. Kennedy, Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami, Florida'

(Saturday, December 29, 1962) — U.S. President John F. Kennedy, after reviewing the brigade that tried to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, told a highly emotional crowd of Cuban exiles today at Miami’s Orange bowl that the flag of the Bay of Pigs Brigade “will be returned” to a free Havana. Continue reading Kennedy addresses Cubans in Orange Bowl ceremony 50 years ago today (1962)

Confederates repulse Federals in Battle of Chickasaw Bayou 150 years ago today (1862)


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.