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June 17, 1994

June 17, 1994 was twenty years ago.

That was the day that OJ Simpson infamously took a ride in a Ford Bronco.  The NFL Hall of Famer was supposed to turn himself in that morning.  Simpson was a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

When Simpson did not turn himself in, the LAPD issued an APB.  Later in the day, Simpson's attorney, Robert Kardashian (the father of Kim Kardashian) read what many believed to be a suicide note from Simpson.

Around 6:20 PM, a white Bronco was spotted.  Simpson was inside and Al Cowlings was driving.  Police began to give chase.

On the same day: the World Cup soccer tournament began in the United States, the Knicks and Rockets battled in the NBA Finals, the New York Rangers celebrated their Stanley Cup win, and Arnold Palmer played his last round at the U.S. Open.

For many basketball fans watching the NBA Finals, the game's coverage was often interrupted as the news followed the Bronco.  ESPN documented Simpson chase with the sports juxtaposition in their 30 for 30 series.

The chase ended at 8 PM Pacific Time.  The footage of the chase, the conversations between Cawlings and cops, and the items found in the Bronco weren't allowed as evidence in the trial.

OJ Simpson was declared not guilty over a year later.

 

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