2020: U.S. President Donald Trump replaces the Pentagon’s acting Inspector General Glenn Fine, who had been selected to chair the panel overseeing the rollout of the CARES Act, a $2,200,000,000,000 coronavirus relief bill passed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. A group of independent federal watchdogs had selected Fine to lead the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, but Fine’s removal prevents him from being able to serve in that position, as the law only allows sitting inspectors general to fill the role. The move comes as Trump makes a broad push against inspectors general scrutinizing his actions, and raises fears that Trump plans to use CARES Act funds to enrich himself, his family, and his political allies at the expense of U.S. taxpayers.
2016: The San Diego Padres become the first MLB team to be shut out in three straight games to start a season. The Padres are outscored 25-0 in three contests against their in-state rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
2007: The 469-foot cruise ship Sea Diamond strikes a volcanic reef and sinks a quarter-mile off the coast of the Greek island of Santorini. Nearly 1,600 people are retrieved from the ship in a three-hour rescue operation. The captain, chief mate, second mate, third mate, chief cabin steward, and housekeeper of the Greek-flagged vessel are arrested after the accident, charged with causing a shipwreck through negligence, breaching international shipping safety regulations, and polluting the environment.
2001: A jury orders MP3.com to pay record label TVT Records $296,873 for copyright infringement. Later, jurors tell the judge that they accidentally left off a zero when calculating the damages, and that the award should have been entered as $2,296,873.
1975: The Washington Capitals defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 8-4, wrapping up their inaugural season with an 8-67-5 mark, setting an NHL record for worst winning percentage (.131) in NHL history. Along the way, the Caps also set NHL records for most road losses (39 out of 40), most consecutive road losses (37), and most consecutive losses (17).
1909: American explorer Robert Peary and his assistant Matthew Henson become the first people to reach the vicinity of the North Pole. Although Peary would claim to reach the Pole his calculation is slightly flawed, making U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Joseph O. Fletcher the first person to reach the exact North Pole in 1952.