1. 2000: 19 yr. old Adam Petty, grandson of legendary Richard Petty, dies in crash.
While out on some practice laps before the qualifying session for the following days Busch 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway, 19 year old Adam petty is killed after crashing into a wall at over 130mph. The crash took place as Petty entered turn three and his throttle stuck wide open, making it impossible to make the turn. He was rushed to the local hospital in Louden but was pronounced dead on the scene due to a basilar skull fracture. Adam was the fourth generation of the legendary Petty family, his great grandfather Lee is considered to be one of the originators of NASCAR, grandfather Richard became NASCAR’s All-Time race winner, and his father Kyle Petty also competed in the NASCAR series.
2. 1932: The Lindbergh baby was found.
One of the United States first “celebrities” because of his Spirit of St. Louis flight across the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh, also was part in a crime that grabbed the attention of the entire nation. Lindbergh and his wife Anne had a 20 month old baby, and on the night of March 1st 1932, Anne walked into the baby’s room only to discover that her baby was gone and there lay a ransom note. The Lindbergh’s were quite wealthy and had a mansion in Hopewell, New Jersey. The baby’s room was on the second floor and so the kidnapper grabbed a ladder to get in and grab the child, leaving muddy footprints all over the floor. The ransom was written by someone that could barely literate English, but demanded $50,000 for the return of the baby. After being led on a wild goose chase for a little over two months, and paying a total of $70,000 in ransom the child was never returned. On this day the body of the child was found less than a mile from the Lindbergh’s home; he had been killed the night of the kidnapping. It wasn’t until September of 1934 that police got a solid lead on the kidnapper when a marked note from the ransom money turned up at gas station. It let back to Bruno Hauptmann, a German immigrant, and when his home was searched there was $13,000 of the ransom money. He was executed in April 1935 by electric chair. Because this case was so high profile and caused such an outrage from the nation kidnapping was declared a federal crime.
3. 1957: Racing legend A.J. Foyt wins first professional race.
On this day, Anthony Joseph Foyt Jr. would win his first professional racing event in a United States Automobile Club (USAC) midget car race in Kansas City, Missouri. He would later be known as A.J. Foyt and would go on to become inducted as the first driver inducted into the Motorsports Hall Of Fame in 1989. He would also hold multiple records in the open wheel Indy car series; he had the most wins in one season with 10, most total victories with 67. He would also set the record for the most consecutive starts of the famous Indy 500 by competing in a race for 35 straight years. He would go on to retire in 1993 from Indy racing, but would continue to compete in NASCAR for another year. Foyt may have retired from being behind the wheel but he is still heavily involved in Motorsports owning a few different race teams as well as many car dealerships.