2001: The XFL (Extreme Football League) folds after just one season, the victim of low television ratings, subpar play and inflated expectations. NBC and World Wrestling Federation Entertainment each lose approximately $35 million on the venture.
1996: Eight climbers die on Mount Everest during a storm, at the time the worst loss of life on the mountain on a single day. Author Jon Krakauer writes a best-selling book about the incident, “Into Thin Air,” which is published in 1997. Related Content: Into Sin Air.