1. 1960: Earthquake causes a Tsunami to hit Hawaii
A massive 8.5 magnitude earthquake hits Chile on May 22nd, 1960 killing thousands and causing millions in damage. The quake also caused a sever plate shift which then sent a wall of water traveling both North and West at over 400mph careening for the West Coast of the United States as well as Hawaii. The Tsunami would hit the west coast and cause over $1 million in property but fortunately it wasn’t deadly. Hawaii however was not as lucky, a total of 61 people died on this day in 1960 when a Tsunami with waves over 35ft tall hit the town of Hilo Bay on the big island of Hawaii. It reportedly swept a 10 ton tractor out to see like it was a toy so you can only imagine the power of these incredible waves. But the Tsunami didn’t stop there, it continued until it hit the coast of Japan killing over 180 people and causing $400 million in damages.
2. 1934: Iconic Outlaws Bonnie and Clyde killed in shootout with Police
It was on this day in 1934 when the infamous Bonnie and Clyde were killed in a shootout with the Louisiana and Texas State Police. Bonnie Parker was just a young 19 year old girl when she met Clyde Barrow, even though Barrow was imprisoned right after they met Bonnie didn’t hesitate to g visit him every day, including bringing him a pistol that he would use to break out of prison. The two would go on to have one of the biggest crime sprees in history , robbing banks across five different states, Oklahoma , Missouri , New Mexico Louisiana and Texas. Even though Bonnie and Clyde and the rest of the Barrow Gang were known as cold blooded killers and wouldn’t hesitate to put down anyone that stood in their way, including police officers, they had quite the positive reputation with the public because they in a sense acted like “Robin Hood” style thieves robbing from the rich to give to the poor. However on this day, Retired Texas Lawman Capt Frank Hamer found out the location of Bonnie and Clyde and set up an ambush outside the small town of Sailes Louisiana, and when the couple came driving by both Texas and Louisiana lawmen unleashed a wall of gunfire on the unsuspecting couple killing them instantly.
3. 1979: Tom Petty Files Bankruptcy
On this Day in 1979 famous musician Tom Petty files for Bankruptcy in an effort to free himself from the contract made with Shelter Records. It was not uncommon for musicians to get into trouble with record companies due to the advancement they would receive according to projected record sales. There have been some examples over the years that just don’t really make any sense, top recording artists like TLC or Run DMC that have sold millions of albums found themselves in massive debt to the record companies. Tom Petty decided to take a stand when he wouldn’t allow his at the time new album to be released hoping to gain leverage against the mighty record company. In the end Petty won the lawsuit but later in 1981 would have another problem with MCA which led him to hold back yet another album because MCA wanted to sell the album for $9.98 which was a full dollar more than other albums on the market. Petty even went on record stating that if something wasn’t done now before long album prices would go on to reach in excess of $20. Oh if only he knew that before long there wouldn’t even be album sales.