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14 people are killed after Mount Sinabung erupts

Residents around Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra, which had been rumbling for months, had been evacuated for their safety but were told that activity was decreasing before the eruption. The 8,530ft volcano spewed lava and searing gas, sending rocks and burning ash raining down its southern slopes.

The 2nd worst blizzard to hit Chicago in 20th century

A strong winter snowstorm struck the Midwestern United States and portions of central and eastern Canada, hitting hardest in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario, and Quebec. 78 people perished in the storm. The financial cost of the storm was estimated between $300 and $400 million.

"Yorkshire Ripper" is caught

Peter William Coonan is an English serial killer who was dubbed the "Yorkshire Ripper" by the press. In 1981 Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others. He is serving 20 concurrent sentences of life imprisonment.

Ibrox disaster

The Ibrox disaster was a crush among the crowd at an Old Firm football game, which led to 66 deaths and more than 200 injuries. It happened in an exit stairway at Ibrox Park in Glasgow, Scotland. It was the worst British football disaster until the Hillsborough disaster in Sheffield, England, in 1989.

Trial of Richard Hauptmann begins

Bruno Richard Hauptmann was a German-born carpenter who was convicted of the abduction and murder of the 20-month-old son of aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Hauptmann proclaimed his innocence to the end, but he was convicted of first-degree murder and executed in 1936 in the electric chair.