It Happened On #95

Happy New Year’s Eve! Bundle up if you’re heading out tonight, it’s a cold one – in Toronto, Canada

It happened on December 31 1972…Roberto Clemente, future Hall of Fame baseball player, is killed along with four others when the cargo plane in which he is traveling crashes off the coast of Puerto Rico. Clemente was on his way to deliver relief supplies to Nicaragua following a devastating earthquake there a week earlier

Also on December 31 1968, the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War comes to an end. At year’s end, 536,040 American servicemen were stationed in Vietnam, an increase of over 50,000 from 1967

Estimates from Headquarters U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam indicated that 181,150 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese were killed during the year. However, Allied losses were also up: 27,915 South Vietnamese, 14,584 Americans (a 56 percent increase over 1967), and 979 South Koreans, Australians, New Zealanders, and Thais were reported killed during 1968. Since January 1961, more than 31,000 U.S. servicemen had been killed in Vietnam and over 200,000 U.S. personnel had been wounded

Meanwhile, in Canada, on December 31 1683, a lunar eclipse in Huron country panics natives, who place blame on Jesuits

I never heard the term “Jesuits” before. My friend Google says it’s a member of the Society of Jesus

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