2009: British Petroleum (BP) files a 583-page Oil Spill Response Plan for the Gulf of Mexico, one that lists sea lions, seals, sea otters, and walruses in its evaluation of how a spill might affect local wildlife—none of which live in the Gulf. Among countless other omissions and errors, the plan also identifies a Japanese home shopping site as the link to one of BP’s “primary equipment providers [for] rapid deployment of spill response resources,” and names a dead man as a national wildlife expert. BP—and four other oil companies who filed nearly identical plans—is later ridiculed in the wake of BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill.
2009: A Yemenia Airways Airbus 310-300 en route from Sanaa to the Comoros Islands crashes in the Indian Ocean with 153 people on board. A teenaged girl is the sole survivor.
2009: The Boston Red Sox blow a nine run lead and lose to the Baltimore Orioles 11-10 at Camden Yards, making this the largest blown lead by a first place team against a last place team in major league baseball history.
2009: Three people are killed and 63 others injured when two passengers trains collide at the Chenzhou railway station in Chenzhou, China. Brake failure is reported as the cause of the accident.
2005: The NFL fines Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice $100,000 for scalping his personal allotment of 12 Super Bowl tickets. Minnesota running backs coach Dean Dalton and special teams coach Rusty Tillman are also each fined $10,000 for scalping their tickets. In a statement issued through the team, Tice admits to using “poor judgment” and vows “it will not happen again.”
2003: The agent for Miami Heat guard Anthony Carter fails to notify the Heat by this date that Carter intends to exercise his contract option for the 2003-04 season. As a result, Carter forfeits his $4.1 million salary and the NBA’s league office declares him a free agent.
1994: The U.S. Figure Skating Association strips Tonya Harding of the 1994 national title and bans her for life for her involvement in a clubbing attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.