Highlight in History
On July 21, 1973, Israeli agents in Lillehammer, Norway, killed Ahmed Bouchikhi, a Moroccan waiter, in a case of mistaken identity, apparently thinking he was an official with Black September, the group that attacked Israel’s delegation at the 1972 Munich Olympics and killed 11 athletes. Five people identified as members of the Mossad spy agency served brief prison terms in Norway for murder and were then pardoned.
On this date
In 1961, Capt. Virgil “Gus” Grissom became the second American astronaut to rocket into a sub-orbital pattern above the Earth, flying aboard the Liberty Bell 7.
In 1998, astronaut Alan Shepard died in Monterey, Calif., at age 74; actor Robert Young died in Westlake Village, Calif., at age 91.
Ten years ago
President George W. Bush told reporters at his Texas ranch he was working to persuade more nations to help in Iraq, saying, “The more people involved in Iraq, the better off we will be.” Carlton Dotson Jr., the roommate of missing Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy, was arrested and charged with Dennehy’s murder. Dotson later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Five years ago
In a face-to-face meeting with Iraq’s leaders, Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama gained fresh support for the idea of pulling all U.S. combat forces out of the war zone by 2010. Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, one of the world’s top war crimes fugitives, was arrested in a Belgrade suburb by Serbian security forces. Eric Dowling, who helped excavate tunnels used in the breakout from a World War II German prison camp that became known as the “Great Escape,” died in Bristol, England, a day before his 93rd birthday.
One year ago
The president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, rejected the latest calls for a minute of silence for the Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich massacre at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.