2014: Bill Hillmann, a 32-year-old Chicago native who co-wrote the book, “Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona” (Mephisto Press), is gored twice in the right thigh by a black bull in Pamplona.
2003: Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Randall Simon strikes a Milwaukee Brewers mascot in the head with a baseball bat during a game between the two teams at Milwaukee’s Miller Park. The mascot, an oversized Italian sausage, is running past the Pirates’ dugout (along with three other processed meat mascots) when the incident occurs. Simon is cited for disorderly conduct, fined $432 by authorities, suspended three games, and fined $2,000 by Major League Baseball. Mandy Block, the teenaged woman inside the sausage costume, isn’t seriously hurt by the blow or resulting fall.
2002: The Major League Baseball All-Star game ends in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings when both teams run out of pitchers. The sellout crowd at Miller Park in Milwaukee chants “Let Them Play!” and “Refund!” as the game comes to an end.
2001: Webvan, the online-grocery delivery service, shuts down its Web site and announces it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. At its peak, Webvan Group traded as high as $34 a share, but the stock last trades at six cents a share. The company spent $830 million over two years, making it one of the most expensive dot-com failures.
1982: A PanAm 727-235 crashes upon takeoff from New Orleans, Louisiana, killing 145 people onboard and eight others on the ground. The plane strikes trees and homes at the end of the runway after being forced down by microburst-induced wind shear.
1918: Two Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis passenger trains collide head-on at Dutchman’s Curve in Nashville, Tennessee. At least 101 people die in the accident, making this the deadliest train wreck in U.S. history.