1972: The first day of a blizzard that lasts seven days in Iran, killing at least 4,000 people, making it the deadliest snowstorm in history.
1959: American rock and roll singer Buddy Holly dies in a plane crash at the age of 22, along with Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, known as “The Big Bopper.”
1916: Fire breaks out in the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. Seven people die in the blaze. The Centre Block is rebuilt and is completed in 1920.