2009: The New Jersey Nets fall to 0-18 with a 117-101 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, setting a new NBA record for most consecutive losses to start a season.
2008: Sally McDonough, a spokeswoman for first lady Laura Bush, announces that the White House Christmas tree will not include an ornament by Seattle artist Deborah Lawrence, one which advocates President Bush’s impeachment. The nine-inch ball features a picture of Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott (a longtime Bush foe who supports impeachment), and includes tiny glued-on text that hails an impeachment resolution. Lawrence’s ornament is the only one of 370 submitted for the White House tree that is rejected.
2008: Dallas Stars winger Sean Avery—“the most hated man in hockey” according to a poll of NHL players—is suspended indefinitely by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman after he makes the following remark during a television interview prior to a game against the Calgary Flames: “I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds,” the inappropriate remark apparently directed at both Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf, whose girlfriend is actress Elisha Cuthbert, and Los Angeles Kings center Jarrett Stoll, whose girlfriend is former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Rachel Hunter. The League says the suspension is issued in accordance with the NHL Constitution for conduct “detrimental to the League or game of hockey.”
1994: The U.S. government agrees not to seek a recall of General Motors’ allegedly fire-prone CK pickup truck. Instead GM agrees to spend more than $50 million on safety and research. Eventually it’s determined that the crash tests in which the CK trucks exploded had been rigged.