On this day Korean Air Flight 007 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter when the commercial aircraft entered Soviet airspace. All 269 on board died, including US Congress-critter Lawrence McDonald. As usual, reports of how the event occurred varied widely. Apocalyptic global thermo-nuclear war was narrowly averted. – (Wiki / History Commons / History.com / BBC / Rense / Asiang)
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