2003: “I'm the master of low expectations,” says President George W. Bush while aboard Air Force One.
1988: Steffi Graf (West Germany) defeats 17-year-old Natalia Zvereva (Soviet Union) 6-0, 6-0 in the women’s final of the 1988 French Open. Zvereva manages to win a mere 13 points in the entire match.
1979: A violent thunderstorm, accompanied by strong winds and heavy rains, collapses the roof of the five-year-old Kemper Memorial Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.
1974: The Cleveland Indians hold “Ten-Cent Beer Night,” but with the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning, umpire Nestor Chylak forces the team to forfeit to the Texas Rangers on account of their increasingly drunken and unruly fans.
1970: Arthur Gates Barkley hijacks TWA Flight 486 from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., entering the cockpit with a .22-caliber pistol, straight razor, and a can full of gasoline. He demands $100 million, and becomes enraged when the airline delivers a mere $100,000 to him at Dulles International Airport. Two hours later, Barkley decides to give TWA one more chance to deliver the rest of his money, but as soon as the Boeing 727 lands, marksmen shoot out the plane’s tires and FBI agents swarm the plane—shooting Barkley before handcuffing him as he flops around in a pile of cash.