1. 1986: The Kansas City Royals draft Bo Jackson
Bo Jackson might very well be one of the greatest all-around athletes that ever lived. The New York Yankees attempted to draft him straight out of high school in 1982, but Bo wanted to go to college instead. At Auburn University, he would go on to dominate the football, baseball and track teams, even winning the Heisman Trophy in 1985. Jackson was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the first pick in the 1986 NFL Draft, but due to a disagreement that he had with the owner, Bo refused to sign and vowed never to play for the Bucs. Instead he waited and on this date in 1986, he was picked up in the fourth round of the MLB draft by the Kansas City Royals. The following year, Bo would sign with Al Davis and the Raiders where he would go on to make history as one of the best two-sport athletes that ever lived.
2. 1913: First person to summit Mt. McKinley
Mount McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America, reaching 20,310 feet according to the U.S. Geological Society. It was on this date back in 1913 that the first verifiable summit took place by Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens, Walter Harper, and Robert Tattum. The group had set off from Fairbanks, Alaska in March of that year and it was a painful journey along the way. Apparently one of their camps had caught fire, destroying a huge portion of the food and supplies for the trip. Stuck was the first one to reach the summit, with his team following shortly thereafter.
3. 1962: Earthquake destroys Port Royal Island
A massive earthquake occurred at Port Royal, Jamaica – a.k.a. the wickedest place on earth – on this date in 1962. Port Royal was the unofficial capital of Jamaica, and also one of the busiest and wealthiest ports in the West Indies. It is actually a small island off the coast of Jamaica, so the 7.5 rated quake caused significant damage. It was reported there were as many as 3,000 casualties from the quake itself and injuries and diseases in the following days.