2010: The national soccer team of the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain hosts a friendly against the West African nation of Togo, earning a 3-0 victory against a surprisingly weak side. Later, the Bahranians find out that the players representing Togo were imposters, organized by former Togolese coach Banna Tchanilé, who aimed to pocket fees generated by the match. At the time of the exhibition the real Togolese team was on a bus, returning from an official game in Botswana.
2010: Home plate umpire Bob Davidson stops a MLB game between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals and ejects a fan—Sean A. Ottow, 44, of Waukesha, Wisconsin—for heckling Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. A manager, pitching coach, and player are also ejected during the game. Ottow is arrested and cited for disorderly conduct.
2009: Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates are defeated by the Chicago Cubs 4-2 at PNC Park, clinching the Pirates’ 17th consecutive losing season, the longest such streak in the history of North America’s four major sports leagues.
2007: In a speech at the APEC Summit in Sydney, Australia, U.S. President George W. Bush refers to the event as the “OPEC Summit” and thanks the host country’s soldiers for their service in Iraq by referring to them as “Austrian” troops.
1980: The NFL’s Buffalo Bills defeat the Miami Dolphins 17-7 at Rich Stadium, thereby ending “The Streak”—a run of 20 consecutive losses to the Dolphins spanning the 1970s. The Bills’ previous victory over the Dolphins came on November 16, 1969 at War Memorial Stadium.
1974: After hitting a home run in his first at-bat in a game against the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees third baseman Craig Nettles connects for a broken-bat single, leaving Tigers catcher Bill Freehan to scramble for the half-dozen superballs that came bouncing out of the splintered lumber. Nettles is called out on the play, but his home run is allowed to stand and the Yankees win 1-0.
1936: Charles Holley is born in Lubbock, Texas. His name is misspelled “Holly” on his first record contract, hence the name Buddy Holly.
1921: The San Antonio River floods after a rain storm dumps 23 inches of rain on Taylor, Texas, in less than 24 hours. Fifty-one people are killed and the city remains under water for nearly a week.