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|1347||Six burghers of the surrounded French city of Calais surrender to Edward III of England in hopes of relieving the siege.|
|1492||Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his voyage to the new world.|
|1546||French printer Etienne Dolet, accused of heresy, blasphemy and sedition, is hanged and burned at the stake for printing reformist literature.|
|1553||Mary Tudor, the new Queen of England, enters London.|
|1610||Henry Hudson of England discovers a great bay on the east coast of Canada and names it for himself.|
|1692||French forces under Marshal Luxembourg defeat the English at the Battle of Steenkerque in the Netherlands.|
|1805||Muhammad Ali becomes the new ruler of Egypt.|
|1807||The trial of Aaron Burr begins. He is accused of plotting the secession of New England.|
|1864||Federal gunboats attack but do not capture Fort Gains, at the mouth of Mobile Bay, Alabama.|
|1882||Congress passes the Immigration Act, banning Chinese immigration for ten years.|
|1908||Allan Allensworth files the site plan for the first African-American town, Allensworth, California.|
|1911||Airplanes are used for the first time in a military capacity when Italian planes reconnoiter Turkish lines near Tripoli.|
|1914||Germany declares war on France.|
|1916||Sir Roger Casement is hanged for treason in England.|
|1945||Chinese troops under American General Joseph Stilwell take the town of Myitkyina from the Japanese.|
|1958||The first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, passes under the North Pole.|
|1967||President Lyndon B. Johnson announces plans to send 45,000 more troops to Vietnam.|
|1972||Former Beatle Paul McCartney announces formation of his new group, Wings.|
|1975||The Louisiana Superdome is dedicated.|
|1977||Radio Shack unveils TRS-80 personal computer, which with Apple and Commodore would form the “1977 Trinity.” Its price and Radio Shack’s established retail outlets made it a bestseller for several years.|
|1990||The US commits naval forces to the Persian Gulf region in the wake of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.|
|2004||Statue of Liberty’s pedestal reopens to visitors after being closed following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.|
On the morning of December 1, 1938, in Salt Lake City, Utah, a tremendous blizzard wracked the countryside. That's when a school bus carrying 39 kids between the ages of 12 and 18 to Jordan High School stopped at a railroad crossing, just as the law required. However, the zero-visibility conditions and fogged-up bus windows ensured that driver Farrold Silcox never saw the hurtling cow-catcher of the Flying Ute, a 50-car freight train, barreling down on him. We'd tell you to close your eyes at this point, but that would be irresponsible since we have no way of knowing if you're currently approaching a railroad crossing.That accident directly led to the regulation that school bus drivers open the door at railroad crossings to get an unobstructed view of the tracks. You'll also learn why natural gas has that smell, revolving doors have normal companion doors, mail is delivered to homes, and historical movies have a disclaimer, all in a list full of colorful language at Cracked.
It was the worst railroad crossing accident in U.S. history -- the Flying Ute plowed into the bus at 60 miles per hour, dragging it for nearly half a mile before it could come to a stop. In all, 25 students, plus the driver, perished in the tragedy.