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Alaska Airlines flight 261 crashes into the sea

The aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, crashed en route from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to Seattle. The plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 2.7 miles north of Anacapa Island, California, after suffering a catastrophic loss of pitch control. All 88 persons aboard were killed.

A suicide bombing in Sri Lanka kills 91 people

The Central Bank bombing was one of the deadliest terrorist attacks carried out by the LTTE during the Separatist civil war in Sri Lanka. A truck containing about 440 pounds of high explosives crashed through the main gate of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The blast killed at least 91 people and injured 1,400 others.

Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo" burns down

The Gran Teatro del Liceo's building was destroyed when a spark accidentally fell on the curtain during a routine repair. At the time, Paul Hindemith's Mathis der Maler was performing at the theatre. The theatre was since rebuilt and was reopened on 7 October 1999.

North Sea flood

The North Sea flood was caused by a heavy storm and affected the Netherlands, Belgium, England, and Scotland. 2,551 persons were killed. As a consequence, the Netherlands developed the Delta Works, an extensive system of dams and storm surge barriers and the UK constructed storm surge barriers on the River Thames.