On this day: March 27

POSTED: 03:07 PM PDT Mar 21, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 26, 2016 

Oregon wins the first NCAA men's basketball tourney, the Good Friday Earthquake rips up Alaska, Brando boycotts the Oscars, and Viagra gets FDA approval, all on this day.

OTD March 27 - Tenerife crash
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1977: Two Boeing 747 airliners collide on a foggy runway on the Spanish island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583, all of the passengers on a KLM jet and all but 61 on a Pan Am jet. Due to the weather conditions and misunderstandings in communication between the airliners and air traffic controllers, the KLM flight attempted to take off while the Pan Am flight was still on the runway. The incident is still the worst aviation accident in history.


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