ON THIS DAY in 1738, British Army General Charles Cornwallis was born. The events leading up to Cornwallis’ surrender (ending the War of Independence) were depicted in the 2000 film, THE PATRIOT, with Tom Wilkinson.
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ON THIS DAY in 1971, LANSA Flight 508 exploded in midair over the Peruvian rainforest. Of the 93 aboard, only 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke survived after falling 10,000 feet while still strapped to her seat. In 2000, the incident was the subject of Werner Herzog’s TV documentary, WINGS OF HOPE.
ON THIS DAY in 2000, the controversial U.S. Presidential election took place that later resulted in the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court decision. These events were depicted in the 2008 HBO film, RECOUNT, starring Kevin Spacey, John Hurt and Laura Dern.