On this day just last year a winter storm was sweeping across much of the middle United States causing blizzard conditions from Colorado to Wisconsin. Iowa bore much of the storm’s brunt on December 19 and 20 with locations from Des Moines northeast through Dubuque receiving over a foot of snow. Strong winds of 50 to 60 mph paralyzed the region for several days. Two people died in a 25 vehicle pileup on Interstate 35 during the height of the blizzard.
On this date in 1987 the Philippine ferry Dona Paz collided with an oil tanker. More than 1750 people were drowned.
The December 20 Movement (Movimiento de Diciembre 20 or M-20) was active for several years during the 1990s. The group targeted members of the Panamanian government organized after the ouster of General Manuel Noriega. In addition, M-20 attacked U.S. government installations, including diplomatic buildings and military facilities.
Worth noting that tomorrow, December 21, is the 25th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
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Pending some extraordinary event, Homeland Security Watch will be on vacation next week. May you find meaning in reviewing the year soon to end and make a bright beginning of the New.