On this day: September 6

Published On: Sep 06 2012 12:21:24 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 06 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

A president is shot, Cal Ripken Jr. breaks an unbreakable record, and the world mourns the passing of a princess, all on this day.

OTD September 6 - Viktor Belenko
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U.S. Air Force

1976: Soviet Air Defence Forces pilot Lt. Viktor Belenko lands a MiG-25 jet fighter at Hakodate on the Japanese island of Hokkaido and requests political asylum in the United States. This was the first time that Western experts were able to get a close look at the aircraft, and it revealed many secrets and surprises. Belenko was later granted asylum by U.S. President Gerald Ford.

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