2011: Atlanta becomes the first city in the National Hockey League’s modern era to lose two teams—the Flames, who left for Calgary in 1980, and the Thrashers, who on this day are sold to a group that moves the team to Winnipeg, Manitoba.
2009: Air France flight 447 reports an electric circuit failure as it encounters severe weather en route from Rio de Janeiro to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Contact with the Airbus A330-200 (carrying 228 people) is subsequently lost.
2003: After one of the most exhaustive manhunts in history, Eric Robert Rudolph—a suspect in the 1996 Olympic bombing and three other bombings—is arrested behind a Save-a-Lot supermarket in Murphy, North Carolina. A skilled outdoorsman, Rudolph managed to elude authorities for more than five years despite being the FBI's most wanted domestic terrorist.
1970: A magnitude 7.9 earthquake strikes Chimbote, Peru, killing more than 60,000 people.
1889: The South Fork Dam on Pennsylvania’s Little Conemaugh River collapses, causing a flood that kills more than 2,200 people in Johnstown, 14 miles downstream.
1759: Lawmakers in Pennsylvania adopt a law forbidding the performance of plays.