Penn State loss marks end of an era
Life happens when you’re winning 94 home matches in a row
After an NCAA-record 94 consecutive home match victories, the Penn State women's volleyball team suffered a 3-1 setback to Oregon on Friday.
Penn State's home-match winning streak began on Sept. 1, 2006, against Eastern Kentucky. In NCAA team sports records, only three men's basketball streaks surpass the Nittany Lions' home court run: Kentucky, 129 wins (1943-55); St. Bonaventure, 99 (1948-61); and UCLA, 98 (1970-76).
In the ensuing five years since Penn State last lost at home, here's what you may have missed:
• Nov. 5 -- Former President of Iraq Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death by hanging by the Iraqi Special Tribunal.
• Nov. 15 -- Al Jazeera launches its English language news channel, Al Jazeera English.
• Nov. 30 -- Typhoon Durian triggers a massive mudslide and kills at least 720 people in Albay province on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.
• Dec. 13 -- The Chinese River Dolphin or Baiji becomes extinct.
• Notable deaths: Steve Irwin (Sept. 4); Byron Nelson (Sept. 26); Red Auerbach (Oct. 28); Bo Schembechler (Nov. 17); Gerald R. Ford (Dec. 26)
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• May 3 -- British toddler Madeleine McCann disappears from an apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
• July 7 -- Live Earth concerts are held throughout nine major cities around the world.
• July 21 -- The final book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is released and sells more than 11 million copies in the first 24 hours, becoming the fastest selling book in history.
• Oct. 8 -- Track and field star Marion Jones surrenders her five Olympic medals she won in the 2000 Sydney Games after admitting to doping.
• Nov. 5 -- The Writers Guild of America goes on a strike that lasts until Feb. 12, 2008.
• Notable deaths: Anna Nicole Smith (Feb. 8); Kurt Vonnegut (April 11); Jerry Falwell (May 15); Luciano Pavarotti (Sept. 6); Evel Knievel (Nov. 30)
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• Jan. 2 -- The price of petroleum hits $100 per barrel for the first time.
• Aug. 17 -- Michael Phelps surpasses Mark Spitz in Gold Medals won at a single Olympics, winning eight.
• Sept. 15 -- Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a catalyst for the global financial crisis.
• Oct. 29 -- Delta Air Lines merges with Northwest Airlines, forming the world's largest commercial carrier.
• Nov. 4 -- Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States.
• Notable deaths: Heath Ledger (Jan. 22); Tim Russert (June 13); George Carlin (June 22); Jesse Helms (July 4); Bernie Mac (Aug. 9); Paul Newman (Sept. 26)
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• June 1 -- Air France Flight 447, en route from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris, crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 on board.
• June 11 -- The outbreak of the H1N1 influenza strain, commonly referred to as "swine flu," is deemed a global pandemic, the first condition to receive the designation since the Hong Kong flu of 1967-68.
• Sept. 30 -- A 7.6-magnitude earthquake strikes just off the coast of Sumatra, killing around 1,000 in Indonesia.
• Notable deaths: Farrah Fawcett (June 25); Michael Jackson (June 25); Walter Cronkite (July 17); Ted Kennedy (Aug. 25); Patrick Swayze (Sept. 14)
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• Jan. 4 -- The tallest man-made structure to date, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is officially opened.
• Jan. 12 -- A 7.0-magnitude earthquake occurs in Haiti, devastating the nation's capital, Port-au-Prince. With a confirmed death toll mor than 230,000, it is one of the deadliest on record.
• April 20 -- The Deepwater Horizon oil platform explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers.
• July 25 -- Wikileaks, an online publisher of anonymous, covert, and classified material, leaks to the public more than 90,000 internal reports about the United States-led involvement in the War in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.
• Dec. 21 -- The first total lunar eclipse to occur on the day of the Northern winter solstice and Southern summer solstice since 1638 takes place.
• Notable deaths: J. D. Salinger (Jan. 27); Dennis Hopper (May 29)
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• Feb. 11 -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigns after widespread protests calling for his departure, leaving control of Egypt in the hands of the military until a general election can be held.
• April 29 -- An estimated two billion people watch the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London.
• May 1 -- U.S. President Barack Obama announces that Osama bin Laden, the founder and leader of the militant group Al-Qaeda, has been killed during an American military operation in Pakistan.
• July 21 -- Space Shuttle Atlantis lands successfully at Kennedy Space Center after completing STS-135, concluding NASA's space shuttle program.
• Notable deaths: Elizabeth Taylor (March 23); Geraldine Ferraro (March 26); Jack Kevorkian (June 3); Betty Ford (July 8)
Information compiled from www.wikipedia.org and www.time.com.