Today is Sunday the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 309 days remaining until the end of the year.
Today's highlight in history:
1994 – Mosque of Abraham massacre: In the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron، Baruch Goldstein opens fire with an automatic rifle، killing 29 Palestinian worshippers and injuring 125 more before being subdued and beaten to death by survivors.
On this date:
1870 – Hiram Rhodes Revels، a Republican from Mississippi، is sworn into the United States Senate، becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress.
1991 – Gulf War: An Iraqi scud missile hits an American military barracks in Dhahran، Saudi Arabia killing 28 U.S. Army Reservists from Pennsylvania.
2009 – Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 crashed during landing at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport، Netherlands، primarily due to a faulty radio altimeter، resulting in the death of nine passengers and crew including all three pilots.
1643 - Sultan Ahmed II، Ottoman Sultan.
1914 - Negma Ibrahim، Egyptian actress.
1947 - Ferdous Abdelhamid، Egyptian actress.
1981 - Yasser Yassin، Egyptian actor.
1980 - Ahmed Shukairy، one of the founders of the Palestine Liberation Organization.