2004: The Walt Disney Company blocks the distribution of Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which criticizes President Bush’s handling of September 11 and highlights long-standing financial connections between the Bush family and prominent Saudi families, including the bin Ladens. The film also claims the government helped members of bin Laden’s family leave the United States in the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001.
2000: A “prescribed burn” started by the National Park Service in Los Alamos, New Mexico, begins raging out of control, destroying hundreds of homes and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage.
1999: Perhaps believing the Baltimore Oriole can fly, a fan pushes the major league baseball mascot off the roof of the grounds crew’s dugout at Camden Yards during the ninth inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox. The mascot—aka John Crownapple—falls 10 feet and breaks his ankle.
1886: Police incite a riot among labor protesters in Haymarket Square, Chicago, leaving eight police officers dead and 100 people wounded.