1. 1935: The First MLB Night Game is Played
On the evening of this day in 1935, President Roosevelt symbolically switched on the lights at Crosely Field in Cincinnati for the first night game to be played in the history of Major League Baseball. The Cincinnati Reds were playing the Philadelphia Phillies in front of a record crowd of 25,000 screaming fans. Minor league teams had been using the lights for almost five years before the MLB jumped on board. Owners of the minor league teams noticed that attendance skyrocketed during the night games. The first recorded night game was held in Des Moines, Iowa May 2nd, 1930, and there were a reported 12,000 fans in attendance which destroyed the 600 per game average. Other owners caught wind and before long most minor league games were played at night. Ultimately the same thing happened with the Reds; paid attendance rose as much as 117 percent for the home games played at night even though the team had a terrible season
2. 1883 : The Iconic Brooklyn Bridge Opens
It was on this day in 1883 that the largest steel suspension bridge of that time was completed, The Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge would take 14 years to complete and would claim as many as 27 lives, leaving many more severely injured in the process. However, once completed it would be considered the eight wonder of the world and it would connect the two great cites of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and would change the course of New York City forever. Designed by Chief Engineer John Roebeling and his son Washington who were responsible for building the bridge over the Ohio River and many others, the Brooklyn Bridge would be a record 1,595 feet long. When out on one of the last scouting missions on the East River John would get his toes smashed by a boat and just three weeks later he passed away from Tetanus. So his son Washington would take over as Chief Engineer and would see the project through. However in 1872 Washington would become bedridden due to sever compression sickness he acquired from a building method used to create the foundation underwater. Even though he couldn’t get out of bed he still ran the project by sending his wife, Emily, to the construction site with instructions for the workers. Upon completion Emily was the first person to get a ride over the bridge and she did so with a Rooster in her lap which apparently was a symbol for victory. An estimated 250,000 people walked across the specially designed promenade for pedestrians within the first 24 hours of the bridge opening.
3. 1964: Deadly Riot at Soccer Game in Peru
During a qualifier soccer match for the 1964 Olympics, Argentina and Peru duke it out in a close battle on this day in 1964. Argentina was leading the match 1-0, but with just 9 minutes left in the game, Peru scored a goal that would tie it up. However the referees disallowed the goal and that is when things took a terrible turn for the worse. More than 30,000 fans storm the field breaking down barriers and causing a stampede in the process which left many people injured. It was absolute pandemonium inside and around the Estadio Nacional stadium in Lima, Peru. There were reportedly over 100 cars stolen from the parking lot because it was a perfect opportunity for thieves to snatch the cars in all the confusion. Police used tear gas to try and control the crowds, but that only made things worse as people began pushing even harder to get on the field or out of the building, leaving many crushed along the way. An estimated 300 people were killed and more than 500 were severely injured