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1985: Sikh terrorist planted a bomb on an Air India plane killing 329 people.

The bomb was planted on flight Air India 182 from Canada to London. The plane exploded about 120 miles off the coast of Ireland killing everyone on board. On June 22 an M Singh lined up at counter 26 at Vancouver International Airport at around 8 am and insisted the clerk direct-connect his bag with Air India Flight 182 in Toronto. The clerk said she couldn't do that because he was wait-listed on Air India. The passenger argued and his bag was boarded on the flight leaving from Vancouver, M Singh, however, did not board the aircraft. The next morning the plane exploded after losing contact with air traffic controllers in Ireland. Before September 11 this terrorist act stood as the most deadly case of air sabotage.

Also on this day: 1848: Adolphe Sax wasawarded a patent for the saxophone; 1902: Albert Einstein started work in the Swiss Patent Office; 1924: Wimbledon introduced a seeding system for competitors; 1933: The Nazis banned all opposition parties; 1964: The Pope condemned the use of the conceptrative pill; 1966: The Beatles had their 10th consecutive number one hit single with Paperback Writer; 1987: The American Supreme Court backed the use of hypnosis to obtain testimonies; 1998: UN inspectors found traces of nerve gas in Iraqi missiles.
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Date:Jun 23, 2003
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