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George Brett's Pine Tar Home Run
On July 24, 1983, George Brett hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth for the Kansas City Royals to take a 5-4 lead over the New York Yankees. Yankees manager Billy Martin noticed a large amount of pine tar on Brett's bat and the home run was discounted. Brett was furious but ruled out -for...
United Flight 232 Crash Lands in Sioux City
En route from Denver to Chicago on July 19, 1989, United Airlines Flight 232 suffered a loss of all hydraulics caused by an explosion in the tail, and with it all flight controls. Nevertheless, the crew was able to steer and maintain elevation by manipulating the engines, and navigated the plane to...
TWA Flight 800 Explodes in Mid-Air
A total of 230 people were killed on July 17, 1996, when TWA Flight 800 mysteriously exploded 12 minutes after takeoff from JFK airport in New York. The third-deadliest airplane accident on American soil, the explosion was thought by some to be a terrorist attack, but the NTSB determined it was an...
Chicago White Sox Kill Disco
The Chicago White Sox performed one of baseball's most memorable publicity stunts when on July 12, 1979, Comiskey Park played host to the Detroit Tigers for "Disco Demolition Night." Chicago radio DJ Steve Dahl hosted the event, where fans could bring unwanted disco records, pay a 98-cent admission...
Fischer Ends Soviet Chess Domination
In 1972, American grandmaster Bobby Fischer and reigning world champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union played the "Match of the Century." The first game took place on July 11. Fischer showed up late and made demands, including that there not be cameras present for the games. Whether intentional...
French Agents Sink Greenpeace Flagship
On July 10, 1985, the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior was attacked and sunk by French agents. The French government planned and authorized the attack to prevent the ship from interfering in nuclear weapons tests on the Moruroa atoll. The bombing took place while the ship was in port in order...
Maradona Scores With 'Hand of God'
In a 1986 World Cup quarterfinal played on June 22 between Argentina and England, Diego Maradona scored two of international soccer's most memorable goals. The first of which came early in the second half, when Maradona used his hand to "head" in a ball misplayed by an English defender. The referee...
Le Mans Crash Kills 83 Spectators
During the running of the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 11, Pierre Levegh's Mercedes 300 SLR crashed into a track-side embankment, sending debris flying into a crowd of fans. Levegh and 83 spectators were killed, 120 others were injured. The disaster remains the most deadly auto racing accident...
Secretariat's Spectacular Belmont Triumph
Secretariat dominated the field by 31 lengths in the 1973 Belmont Stakes and set a race record that's yet to be beaten. The victory completed a Triple Crown that also included a race record in the Kentucky Derby. Only two horses have won the Triple Crown since — Seattle Slew and Affirmed in '77...
Mathias Rust's Daring Flight to Red Square
On May 28, 1987, in one of the more bizarre moments of the Cold War, an amateur West German pilot named Mathias Rust "evaded" Soviet defenses as he flew from Finland to Moscow and landed near Red Square. Rust said his purpose was to reduce tension between Cold War sides. Strangely enough, he did...
The Worst Airplane Crash on American Soil
Just after takeoff from O'Hare at 2:50 PM CDT on May 25, 1979, American Airlines flight 191's left engine broke off from the wing, severing hydraulic fluid lines and damaging the wing's leading edge. Loss of hydraulics caused the left wing's flaps to retract and the wing to stall, causing the plane...
China Airlines Flight 611's Mystery Crash
On the way from Taiwan to Hong Kong on May 25, 2002, a China Airlines–operated Boeing 747 broke up at approximately 35,000 feet. The crash killed all 225 people on board and inspired theories in the media that the flight had been shot down by the Chinese military. Investigation into the accident...
Bonnie and Clyde Meet a Bloody End
Amateur footage of the grisly scene where police ambushed Bonnie and Clyde in their car on May 23, 1934. A posse of six officers fired approximately 130 rounds at the two outlaws, putting an end to a murder and robbery spree that included 9 dead police officers and crossed several states. A...
Stolen Tank Rampages Through San Diego
On May 18, 1995, Army veteran Shawn Nelson drove into a California Army National Guard armory and drove out in an M60 Patton tank. Destroying everything in his path, Nelson led San Diego police on a 23-minute chase, during which time officials considered calling in U.S. Marine attack helicopters....
The Crash of ValuJet Flight 592
On May 11, 1996, a commuter jet leaving Miami crashed in the Everglades shortly after takeoff, killing all 105 passengers and five crew members. The fire was caused by loosely packed out-of-date oxygen generators placed in the plane's cargo hold, despite FAA regulations prohibiting hazardous...
Sunshine Skyway Bridge Disaster Aftermath
A local news report details the aftermath of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge disaster on May 9, 1980 in Tampa Bay. 35 people were killed when a 600-foot freighter collided with a bridge support column at 7:30 a.m., causing 1,200 feet of bridge to fall into the bay.
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