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Another Reason June 17 Will Always Be Remembered

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Yes, today is Father's Day, as we've already established. But the actual date for today, June 17, is a date that will be remembered by many of us for another reason.

On June 17, 1994, former NFL running back O.J. Simpson led the LAPD on a low-speed chase down the freeways of Southern California, with his friend Al Cowlings driving the infamous white Bronco.

(Warning. . .the audio in this clip is a little hard to listen to.)


The O.J. chase definitely goes down as one of those "where were you" moments for people in my age bracket. I can still remember where I was. . .my best friend, Adam, and I were in my parents' basement back in North Dakota watching Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks. Well, trying to watch it, anyway. . .the O.J. chase relegated the basketball game to a tiny picture in the upper right-hand corner of the screen while the majority of the screen was taken up by the chase.

If you can get a hold of it, one of ESPN's "30 for 30" films (conveniently titled "June 17, 1994") documents all of the events that took place on June 17, 1994 in the world of sports. It was a pretty big sporting day all-around, featuring the New York Rangers' Stanley Cup parade in New York City (their first Cup victory in 54 years), Arnold Palmer playing his final round in a major golf tournament (the 1994 U.S. Open at Oakmont), and the 1994 World Cup kicking off in Chicago.

But O.J. Simpson is the reason why June 17 will always be an infamous date in the sports world. Can you remember what you were doing during "the chase," or where you were watching it from?