Today in history
Bad candy man
Dec 23, 2013 at 7:40 AM
50 years ago, 1963: A man and woman in Collingswood, N.J., were fined $1,000 each and given six-month suspended sentences for handing out tranquilizer pills as 'trick or treat' candy to children at Halloween. They claimed they gave the pills to the children by mistake.
25 years ago, 1988: Pan Am Flight 103, en route from London to New York, exploded in the skies over southern Scotland. All 258 people aboard were killed in the crash, along with at least 15 people who were on the ground, in the worst air disaster in British history.
10 years ago, 2003: The government raised the national threat level to orange, indicating a high risk of terrorist attack, and said threat indicators were "perhaps greater now than at any point" since Sept. 11, 2001, with strikes possible during the holidays.