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Historical Events

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1942-10-23 - All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner are killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is award-winning composer and songwriter Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory", "Love in Bloom", "Blue Hawaii").
1953-11-29 - American Airlines begins 1st regular coml NY-LA air service
1959-02-03 - American Airlines Electra crashes in NY's East River, killing 65
1962-03-01 - American Airlines 707 plunges nose 1st into Jamaica Bay NY killing 95
1970-03-02 - American Airlines' 1st flight of a Boeing 747
1979-05-25 - American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including 2 on the ground
1989-12-19 - American Airlines purchases Eastern Airline's Latin American route
1992-04-13 - American Airlines reduce its 1st-class fares 20%-50%
2001-11-12 - In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.
2001-12-01 - Captain Bill Compton brings Trans World Airlines Flight 220, an MD-83, into St. Louis International Airport bringing to an end 76 years of TWA operations following TWA's purchase by American Airlines.
2001-12-22 - Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
2005-12-07 - Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, is shot and killed by a team of US federal air marshals at Miami International Airport.

Famous Birthdays

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1956-02-05 - Betty Ong, flight attendant that died on September 11, 2001, on American Airlines Flight 11

Famous Deaths

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2001-09-11 - John Ogonowski, pilot for American Airlines Flight 11 (b. 1951)


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