2003: The Tribune Company—owner of both the Chicago Cubs baseball team and the Hartford Courant newspaper—mistakenly makes the last of three deposits totaling $301,102.50 into the bank account of Courant deliveryman Mark Guthrie. The payments are intended for the other Mark Guthrie on the Tribune payroll, a relief pitcher for the Cubs.
1991: A so-called “perfect storm” hits the North Atlantic, producing waves up to 80 feet high off the New England and Canadian coasts. Most famously, the fishing boat Andrea Gail and its six-member crew are lost in the storm, a disaster that spawns the best-selling book “The Perfect Storm” by Sebastian Junger and a blockbuster Hollywood movie starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. Related content: Saving Ships From Extreme Waves.
1938: Some people panic, while others call it an elaborate hoax. On the eve of Halloween, millions of Americans tune in for an hour and fifteen minute radio broadcast of Orson Welles' War of the Worlds, a ficticious news account of a Martian invasion of earth.