Robert De Niro was so dedicated to prepare for his roles, he actually gained 60 lbs for Raging Bull, lived in Sicily, Italy for The Godfather Part II, ground his teeth for Cape Fear, became a cab driver for Taxi Driver, and learned to play the saxophone for New York, New York.

In 1986, a Soviet pilot made a bet with his co-pilot that he could land the aeroplane with an instrument-only approach, with no visual contact with the ground. He crashed the plane, killing 70 of the 94 passengers and crew on board.

Shortly after Charles Manson was arrested, he wrote to one of his followers from jail, asking her to kill President Ford. She approached Ford and pointed a gun at his face but was tackled to the ground by Secret Service agents.