1. 2010: U.S. Teen known as the Barefoot Bandit
In an attempt to flee from authorities yet again, 19 year old Colton Harris-Moore, also known as the “Barefoot Bandit”, was captured on this day in 2010. Harris-Moore was an American teenager wanted for theft, and destruction of property starting in Washington state reaching all the way to the Bahamas. He stole an airplane from Bloomingdale Indiana on July 4th, 2010 and was able to make it out of the country but the ended up crash landing the plane in the Bahamas. From there it was reported that he was behind a series of break-ins throughout the area. After stealing a boat in an attempt to flee Police were forced to shoot out the engine before taking him into custody. Just two days later he was extradited to Miami, then transferred to a Washington detention center where he was sentenced to almost 15 years. Although he was coined with the nickname “Barefoot Bandit” because he allegedly wasn’t wearing shoes for most of his crimes, police officials pointed out usually most often wore shoes.
2. 1979: Skylab re-entry disaster
On this date in 1979 a shower of burning debris comes crashing down on parts of Australia and the Indian Ocean. This wasn’t just any debris, it happened to be parts from Skylab, the first American Space Station that had been in orbit since 1973. Skylab was viewed as a very successful series of missions over the course of five years allowing three different three man crews safe housing for long period of time. They were able to log more than 700 hours observing the sun and brought back an estimated 175,000 solar pictures. Luckily there was nobody on board when Skylab started to deteriorate much earlier than anticipated. The cause was said to be from unanticipated high sunspot activity which led to the the space stations plummet towards earth. NASA had intended for the debris to land in the middle of the ocean but due to the early re-entry some didn’t make it to the water. Fortunately there were no injuries caused by debris.
3. 1914 Babe Ruth makes his debut in the Major League
At the young age of 19, George Herman Ruth, widely known as Babe Ruth stepped onto the pitchers mound for his Major League Debut on this date in 1914. Although he was originally singed with he Baltimore Orioles, that same summer he was sold to the Boston Red Sox where he would have his first start in the Majors. Ruth is mainly known for his hitting ability, but he was actually singed as a pitcher. The Red Sox would go on to beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 thanks in part to Ruth giving up only 5 hits over six innings. However he was relieved in the seventh after the Indians scored two runs on three singles. In his debut game there was no sign of the slugger that we all known today as Ruth went 0-2. It wasn’t long until he really started to shine not only as a hitter, but as a pitcher as well. The Red Sox would make it to the World Series in 1916 and 1918 and Ruth’s pitching was the star of the show. He set a record 29 2/3 consecutive innings without a score.