2007: Notre Dame loses to Navy 46-44 in triple overtime, ending the Midshipmen’s 43-game losing streak against the Fighting Irish. It is Navy’s first win over Notre Dame since 1963.
2007: More than 100 cars and trucks collide in a massive pileup on a fog-shrouded Highway 99 just south of Fresno, California, killing two people and injuring dozens of others.
2005: Death-row inmate Charles Victor Thompson, 35, walks out of Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas, after freeing himself from handcuffs, changing into civilian clothes and leaving a visitor’s area wearing a fake ID badge. Harris County officials blame Thompson’s escape on “100 percent human error,” acknowledging that the convicted killer fooled at least four jail employees before leaving the prison.
2002: More than 40 people are injured in a 194-vehicle pileup on Interstate 710 in Long Beach, California. The accident is attributed to thick fog.
1857: English engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, attempts to launch the Great Eastern ( the world’s largest ship), sideways into the River Thames. With the prodding of hydraulic rams and the pulling of steam tugs, the 693-foot vessel slides a short way down the launch before shuddering to a stop. Over the next several months, hydraulic rams are used to inch the ship towards the water, and with the help of a spring tide the Great Eastern is finally put in on January 31, 1858. The total cost of the launch runs to £120,000 and drives the shipyard owner into bankruptcy. It would be 50 years until another ship—the Lusitania—would surpass the Great Eastern in size.