"On This Date in History" Calendar
2000: al-Qaeda Bomed the USS Cole
On October 12, 2000, suicide terrorists exploded a small boat alongside the USS Cole—a Navy Destroyer—as it was refueling in the Yemeni port of Aden. The blast ripped a 40-foot-wide hole near the waterline of the Cole, killing 17 American sailors and injuring many more. An FBI investigation determined Al-Qaeda terrorists planned and carried out the attack.