2013: Glenn Taylor, one of three Boy Scout leaders taking part in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints youth outing, deliberately pushes over one of the signature stone formations found in Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park. The trio film their activity and post it on Facebook, and the video shows the men celebrating after they push over the tens-of-millions-of-years-old “goblin” (or “hoodoo”). Initially, Taylor is unable to budge the rock. Then the cameraman, Dave Hall, sings: “Wiggle it … just a little bit.” Taylor pushes again, and seconds later the delicate buttress that held the stone gives way, and the rock falls off its perch. “We have now modified Goblin Valley,” announces Hall in his proud voice, while Taylor and his son Dylan high-five each other.
2010: Gap Inc. decides to retain its decades-old white-on-navy blue logo, one week after launching a new logo that prompted an outcry from the company’s customers.
2008: Golden State Warriors’ guard Monta Ellis is suspended by his team for 30 games after the organization discovers that a severely sprained ankle he suffered during the offseason wasn’t incurred playing basketball but instead sustained in a moped crash. The suspension costs Ellis approximately three million dollars in lost salary. The moped accident took place just a month after the 22-year-old signed a six-year $66 million contract.
2008: The 24-year-old, 35,000-ton, Liberian-registered cargo ship Fedra snaps in half after repeatedly smashing against the rocky cliffs of Europa Point—Europe’s most southerly spot in the Strait of Gilbraltar—during a force 8 gale. The 31-member crew is plucked to safety by a Spanish maritime rescue helicopter before the vessel breaks in two.
2006: “This morning my administration released the budget numbers for fiscal 2006. These budget numbers are not just estimates; these are the actual results for the fiscal year that ended February the 30th.” —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C.
1868: Thomas Edison, 21, files the first of his 1,093 patents. The invention, the Electrographic Vote-Recorder, was designed to count votes for the U.S. Congress. Edison was undeterred when Congress refused to buy the recorder, and made his first sale of an invention less than two years later.