As History.com notes, on this day in 2000 the USS Cole was attacked by terrorists.
At 12:15 p.m. local time, a motorized rubber dinghy loaded with explosives blows a 40-by-40-foot hole in the port side of the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer that was refueling at Aden, Yemen. Seventeen sailors were killed and 38 wounded in the attack, which was carried out by two suicide terrorists alleged to be members of Saudi exile Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist network.
You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:
You can also read my Counterterrorism magazine Q&A with the Cole's Commanding Officer, Kirk Lippold, via the below link: