2020: On this day U.S. president Donald Trump is photographed reading from notes at a coronavirus task force press conference where the word “corona” is crossed out and replaced with the word “Chinese.” The image—taken by a Washington Post photographer—comes as Trump tries to define coronavirus as a “Chinese virus,” messaging with decidedly racist overtones.
2020: “Nobody knew there’d be a pandemic or an epidemic of this proportion.”
—President Donald Trump, at a live White House press briefing, this despite the U.S. Intelligence community warning of a coming pandemic at least two months earlier.
2018: The first fatality from a self-driving vehicle occurs when a 49-year-old woman dies from injuries suffered after she was struck by an Uber self-driving sport utility vehicle in Tempe, Arizona. The accident—which occurred the previous night while the Volvo XC90 was in autonomous mode with a human operator behind the wheel—prompts the ride services company to suspend its autonomous vehicle program.
2004: Boonreung Bauchan, 34, (aka “Snake Man”), dies after a bite on the elbow from a deadly mamba. He sustained the bite a day earlier while showcasing a cobra to fellow villagers in Thailand. In 1998, Bauchan earned a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records by spending seven days in an enclosure with poisonous snakes.
1972: The Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Golden State Warriors 162-99, a 63-point margin of victory. It remains the largest margin of victory in NBA history until 1991, when the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Miami Heat 148-80.