June 17: O.J. Simpson flees in a white Ford Bronco on this date in 1994
No car chase has ever gripped America quite like the 35-mph drive that Al Cowlings and O.J. Simpson began on this date in 1994. After failing to turn himself in for the murder of Nicole Brown, and having attorney Robert Kardashian (yes, that Kardashian) read a note that sounded like a suicide letter, motorists spotted the 1992 Ford Bronco with Cowlings at the wheel and Simpson ducked down in back. It's strange in the post-social media era to explain a mass communal TV event, but let's try: some 95 million people stopped what they were doing and watched the five-hour ordeal unfold, as Cowlings and Simpson drove around with a platoon of police cars in pursuit. Simpson eventually went to his Brentwood home and surrendered; the rest we know all too well. As for the Bronco itself, after being purchased by a Los Angeles collector for $75,000, it's apparently available for rent.