2008: Former Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner receives a standing ovation after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park prior to Boston’s home opener versus the Detroit Tigers. For more than two decades Buckner had been vilified by Boston fans, who found themselves unable to forgive him for his pivotal error during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets.
2008: Finnish tourist Marko Kulju, 26, pays a $17,000 fine as a penalty for removing the ear of an ancient Moai on Easter Island, a Chilean territory in the South Pacific. Kulju, who calls the incident “the worst mistake of my life,” also issues a public apology and agrees not to return to the island for three years.
2001: New Jersey Nets mascot Sly the Silver Fox dislocates his right knee as he celebrates his fictional fourth birthday during a television timeout.
2000: A V-22 Osprey “tiltrotor”—one of four taking part in a mock embassy evacuation—crashes in Marana, Arizona, killing its crew of four and 15 Marine infantry passengers.
1987: Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigns due to racial remarks he made on ABC’s Nightline.