2018—Brett Kavanaugh whines, weeps, and shouts while badgering the Senate Judiciary Committee.
2002—Donald Rumsfeld says a phony link between al-Qaeda and Iraq is “accurate and not debatable.”
2000—Frank Wills, the guard who discovered the Watergate burglary, dies at 52, of a brain tumor, in poverty.
1994—On the Capitol steps, 350 GOP candidates led by Newt Gingrich take out a Contract on America.
1989—To show kids there are more constructive things to do than take drugs, Jeffrey Petkovitch and Peter DeBernardi climb into a barrel and go over Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls.
1986—The United Way of Cleveland holds a fundraiser, releasing 1,429,643 helium balloons. Rain and a cold front bring them down, where they clog the harbor, halt a Coast Guard search, close an airport, and spook horses.
1964—Ex-CIA boss A. Dulles & the Warren Commission report that L.H. Oswald, acting alone, killed JFK.
1944—A group of 35 U.S. B-24s, isolated over Germany by a navigational error, are jumped by 100 enemy fighters; only four survive.
1864—William T. “Bloody Bill” Anderson and his 80 guerillas, including Jesse James, massacre 150 Union soldiers in Centralia, Mo.
1854—Holed in a collision off Newfoundland, the S.S. Arctic sinks. The crew commandeer the lifeboats, leaving 300 passengers to drown.