2012: Eight female badminton players—from China, South Korea and Indonesia—are disqualified from the London Olympic Games for seeming to tank round-robin matches to get an easier draw in the quarterfinals. Among those disqualified by the sport’s international federation: the world’s No. 1 pair, Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China.
2009: One person is killed and more than 40 injured after a fierce thunderstorm collapses a portion of the main stage at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta, sixty miles southeast of Edmonton. The concert is billed as Canada's largest country music festival.
2007: An Interstate highway bridge in downtown Minneapolis collapses and drops more than 60 feet into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100 others. The collapsed bridge—which was approximately 1,000 feet long—had been supported by a steel truss structure and was undergoing repairs at the time of the incident. A 2008 National Transportation Safety Board report reveals that 24 “under-designed” gusset plates—metal plates that are meant to strengthen joists—were only about half as thick as they should have been and were the likely cause of the disaster.
2005: Baltimore Orioles slugger Rafael Palmeiro—one of only four players in baseball history to get both 3,000 hits and 500 home runs—is suspended for 10 days after testing positive for steroids. Five months earlier Palmeiro told a congressional panel, “I have never used steroids. Period.” Palmeiro loses $163,934 of his $3 million salary during the suspension.
1966: Charles Joseph Whitman, a 25-year-old engineering student and ex-Marine, climbs a tower at the University of Texas at Austin and fires down upon everyone in view, killing 10 and wounding 31 before being shot by police. The massacre is the culmination of a 12-hour killing spree in which he murders 16 people, including his wife and mother. Whitman previously suspected he had a mental disorder; his autopsy indicates a brain tumor.