2010: A 75-foot-wide sinkhole develops in the infield at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the wake of heavy rains from Tropical Storm Nichole. The 35-foot-deep hole is caused by the combination of a burst pipe and unstable ground—the track having been built over an old landfill.
2008: A seven-year-old boy scales a security fence and goes on a rampage at Australia’s Alice Springs Reptile Center, killing 13 animals, many of them rare and difficult to replace. Over the course of 30 minutes, the boy bludgeons some of the animals to death with stones and hurls others over two fences surrounding the zoo’s crocodile enclosure. A turtle, four Western blue-tongued lizards, two bearded dragons, two thorny devil lizards and the zoo’s 20-year-old goanna are among those killed.
2003: Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh resigns from his side job at ESPN after making racially-charged remarks about Philadelphia Eagles star Donovan McNabb during a broadcast of Sunday NFL Countdown. Three days earlier, in a commentary reminiscent of his politically-motivated Rush Limbaugh Show, Limbaugh argued that McNabb’s shortcomings as a player were being overlooked because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.
1993: The team owners of the National Hockey League (NHL) initiate a lockout of the players that lasts 103 days.
1992: Five people are killed when the USS Saratoga accidentally fires missles at a Turkish destroyer in the Aegean Sea.
1987: A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolts Whittier, California, killing six people, injuring 100 others and causing $100 million in damages.
1964: Only 306 people show up to watch the Boston Red Sox host the Cleveland Indians, the smallest crowd ever to attend a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.
1910: A series of six explosions thunder through the Los Angeles Times Building, leaving 21 dead and 17 others injured. Labor activists with a grudge against the Times’ owner are blamed for the bombing.