1. 2006: The SmartCar announced for the U.S.
It was on this date in 2006 that Chairman of Daimler Chrysler announces that the Smart ForTwo would be coming to America. At just over eight feet long, the Smart ForTwo is barely bigger than most go-carts. But in a time when gas prices were through the roof, they claimed 40 mpg was too good for most people to pass up. Mercedes saw this as an opportunity to introduce the small city car to Americans. By September of 2007, there were said to be more than 30,000 registrations for the Smart.
2. 1992: Two major earthquakes hit California
Landers, California is a small town located roughly 100 miles east of Los Angeles, and on this date in 1992, two massive earthquakes strike in the same general area. The first was a 7.3 magnitude that struck just before 5:00 a.m., and it was reported that tremors were felt as far as Idaho and Arizona. Apparently, residents in Los Angeles felt the ground shaking for almost a full minute. Just three hours later, a second quake measuring 6.3 magnitude hit Big Bear, which is not far from the quake in Landers. Due to the fact that these areas aren’t densely populated, the cost of damages were relatively low at $92 million. Had it been in LA or a similar city, it would most likely have been 10x that. Especially considering the combination of the two quakes caused a 44 mile long rupture in the Earths crust, which was the largest since the Great San Francisco Quake of 1906.
3. 1997: “The Bite Fight” heard round the world
Who could forget this date back in 1997 when “Iron Mike” Tyson bit the top of Evander Holyfield’s ear off midway through the third round of the rematch between the two champion heavyweight boxers. After beating Tyson by an 11th round TKO just one year prior, Holyfield agreed to the rematch scheduled June 28th, 1997. Tyson obviously underestimated Evander on the first fight, so when he agreed to the rematch you would think he would get in proper fighting shape so he would stand a chance. Holyfield appeared to be in better shape for the rematch then he was for the original fight, and this spelled trouble for Tyson. In the first round Tyson took a couple body shots that really seemed to hurt him and it was all downhill from there. In the second round, when trying to avoid Tyson’s constant attempts to wrap him up, Holyfield ducked out of the way and in doing so head-butted Tyson, opening a cut over his right eye. But it was the third round that would go down in history as Tyson totally lost his mind. After a successful attempt at wrapping up, Tyson spit out his mouthpiece and bit a good size chunk off Holyfield’s ear and spit it on the canvas. The entire place was in shock, after a few minutes the fight resumed but then Tyson did the same thing to Holyfield’s other ear! At this point the only thing to do was call the fight, and with 10 seconds left in the third round Tyson was disqualified. This also meant that he would not receive the $30 million purse he was scheduled to get.