2008: Ashley Todd, a volunteer for John McCain’s Republican presidential campaign, reports that a “six-foot-four black man” robbed her at knifepoint, and after seeing a McCain sticker on her car, supposedly said: “You are going to be a Barack [Obama] supporter,” before cutting a backwards “B” into her cheek with a dull knife. Later, it is revealed that Todd, who is white, lied about the allegedly politically-motivated attack. The 20-year-old is charged with making a false report to police.
2007: Greg Ryan is dismissed as head coach of the U.S. Women’s soccer team despite posting a 45-1-9 record, the lone defeat a 4-0 loss to Brazil in the World Cup semifinals.
1962: The Cuban Missile Crisis begins suddenly after U.S. spy plastones discover Soviet missiles in Cuba. President John F. Kennedy orders a naval blockade, Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev refuses to remove the weapons, and the world fears the possibility of nuclear war.
1913: A coal mine explosion at the Stag Canyon Fuel Company’s number-two mine in Dawson, New Mexico, kills 261 workers.
1895: The brakes fail on the Granville-to-Paris Express as the train approaches Gare Montparnasse in Paris. As a result, the Express locomotive crashes through a buffer stop, plows across the station’s concourse, through a wall, and onto the terrace outside before plummeting thirty feet to the street below. For more on the accident, see Let’s Pause for a Station Break: The story behind the world’s most famous train wreck photo.