2011: The left wing of an Air France Airbus A380 clips the left horizontal stabilizer of a Comair Bombadier CRJ-700 while both planes are taxiing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. No injuries are reported among the 485 passengers and 25 crew aboard the Airbus and 52 passengers and four crew aboard the CRJ, this despite the fact that the Comair plane was spun around 45 degrees upon impact.
2003: The Detroit Tigers become the first Major League Baseball team since 1900 to start back-to-back seasons with nine consecutive losses.
2003: “Stuff happens.” —Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, commenting on reports of uncontrolled looting in Baghdad.
2002: Legendary golfer Sam Snead, 89, opens the annual Masters golf tournament by hitting the ceremonial tee shot, marking his 62nd straight Masters appearance. The shot travels 100 yards before hitting a spectator in the face.
2001: Australia defeats American Samoa 31-0 in a World Cup qualifier, the most lopsided score ever recorded in an international soccer match. Australia had set the previous record two days earlier, embarrassing Tonga, 22-0.
1954: In November 2010, intelligent computer system True Knowledge (TK) identifies this day as the most uneventful day in the twentieth century, prompting TK to dub this Sunday: the most boring day in history. “Nobody significant died that day and no major events occurred,” says TK founder William Tunstall-Pedoe, noting that the most famous person to be born on this date was Abdullah Atalar, a Turkish academic.