2014: The Philadelphia 76ers lose to the Houston Rockets 120-98, the team's 26th straight loss, which ties the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the longest single-season losing streak in NBA history. Philadelphia's average margin of defeat during the streak is 16.6 points.
2010: Louise Chavez—a $12,000 a year home assistant—wins a $43 million jackpot at a penny slot machine at the Fortune Valley Casino in Central City, Colorado, only to be informed by an attendant that a technical glitch had occurred and she was not entitled to the money. The posted prize limit on the machine: $251,000.
2009: The University of Kentucky fires men’s basketball coach Billy Gillispie just two years after choosing him to replace Tubby Smith. Gillispie posts a record of 40-27 in two seasons and finishes 22-14 in 2008-09, missing the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991 and tying for the second-most losses in the program’s 106-year history.
1980: One of five legs breaks off the Alexander Kielland oil rig in the North Sea. The resulting collapse kills 123 of its 212 occupants.
1977: Two Boeing 747’s (KLM Flight 4805 and Pan Am Flight 1736) collide on the runway at Los Rodeo airport at Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands, killing 583 people.
1964: Alaska is hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.2, the second-largest earthquake ever recorded by instruments.