On this day in 2003 during the 8th inning of game 6 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the (my)Florida Marlins a foul ball was hit by Luis Castillo of the Marlins. The ball was hit towards the stands as the Cubs left fielder Moises Alou got a read on the ball. A fan named Steve Bartman, along with everyone else in his row, reached out to grab the souvenir, thus interfering with the play. The Cubs were up 3-0 in the game and lead the series 3 games to 2. The Marlins would go on to rally in that inning and score 8 runs and win the game. Barman would go on to villain status in Chicago. But let's get one thing clear: IT WAS A FOUL BALL! All 8 runs were not scored on that play. There was only one out in the inning, so even had Alou caught the ball the inning would have still gone on. And there was a game 7 ahead for the Cubs to win also, but nope, they choked, plain and simple. Blame the dork in the headphones all you want, he didn't give up 8 runs in an inning.
On this day in 1947 Captain Chuck Yeager became the first person to reach the speed of sound, or mach 1. His jet plane was brought up to 25,000 feet by a B-29, and when his plane was let go he turned on his rockets and was sent into the history books. The sound barrier is past when an object achieves speeds faster than sound travels, roughly 662 miles an hour. When this happens a "sonic boom" occurs. Yeager, being the first person to hear this, was puzzled by the loud noise when it happened.
On this day in 1912 former president Theodore Roosevelt was shot while campaigning for a third term as president in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Roosevelt left the White House in 1908 feeling confident that his policies would continue under his close friend, William Taft. But he soon grew disillusioned and wanted to become president again. This was enough to inspire John Schrank to kill him. He fired his pistol at Roosevelt, aiming for his heart, but a glasses case and the speech he was about to deliver absorbed the impact of the bullet. Roosevelt gave his speech on schedule that night with the bullet still lodged in his chest. This makes one thing clear, JFK was a pussy.
On this day in 1994 Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction made its debut. Famous for the dialogue in his films, the film has been one of the most influential in the past 20 years. I confess that I've never seen it all the way through, but I do enjoy quoting it from time to time. It has achieved an iconic standing with most critics and fans alike, and Tarantino has rode that gravy train for years. Make sure to check out Steve Buscemi dressed as Buddy Holly at Jackrabbit Slims.