2010: The Philadelphia Eagles score 28 points in the final 7:28 of an NFL game against the New York Giants—including a 65-yard punt return for touchdown as time expires—to win 38-31. For Giants fans the collapse brings back memories of “The Fumble” by Joe Pisarcik, the giveaway that allowed the Eagles to steal a late win in 1978 when all New York had to do was take a knee.
2008: A pedestrian bridge collapses at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, leaving one construction worker dead and 18 others injured.
1999: Orlando Brown, a 6-7, 350-pound offensive lineman for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns suffers damage to his right eye when hit in the face with a penalty flag (weighted with popcorn kernels) thrown by referee Jeff Triplette. The injury prompts the league to require all flags to be weighted with sand.
1972: The South Korean supertanker Sea Star collides with the Brazilian tanker Horta Barbosa in the Gulf of Oman and both vessels catch fire. The Sea Star spills approximately 35 million gallons of oil through a forty-foot hole in its side before sinking on December 24.
1907: At 11:30 a.m. a gas and dust explosion at the Darr Mine in Van Meter, Pennsylvania, claims the lives of 239 men and boys. More than 700 miners died in accidents in December 1907, making it the deadliest month in U.S. coal mining history.