2009: North Korea releases water without warning from one or more of its dams on the Imjin River, doubling the water level on the border with South Korea and sweeping away six South Koreans. The release intensifies fears of a water offensive, in which North Korea would release monstrous columns of water from dams built along the border between the two countries.
2008: Slovakia’s women’s hockey team defeats Bulgaria 82-0 in a 2010 Vancouver Olympics qualifier in Liepaja, Latvia, a record margin of victory for a women’s International Ice Hockey Federation event. Slovakia outshoots Bulgaria 139-0 and averages a goal every 44 seconds. In the same tournament, Bulgaria also loses to Italy 41-0, Latvia 39-0 and Croatia 30-1.
2008: Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Locker scores a touchdown with two seconds to play against #15-ranked Brigham Young, leaving the Huskies an extra point away from overtime. But Locker tosses the ball high in the air in celebration, and the resulting unsportsmanlike conduct penalty makes the extra-point try 15 yards longer. The conversion attempt is blocked and Washington loses 28-27, its second loss en route to a 0-12 season.
2004: President George W. Bush utters one of his most famous Bushisms, saying, “Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN’s aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country.”
1972: The German government botches a rescue attempt of the Israeli Olympic athletes who had been kidnapped the previous morning by members of the Arab terrorist group, Black September. German sharpshooters fire on the terrorists after their arrival via helicopter at the Munich airport with hostages in tow. Unable to take out all eight Palestinians, the survivors murder the remaining hostages.
1943: The Congressional Limited—a new high-speed train capable of achieving speeds of 65 mph—derails in Frankford Junction, Pennsylvania, killing 79 people. The accident occurs when an axle falls off an older dining car that is attached to the train for the trip between New York City and Washington, D.C.