December 15, 1988: James Brown Car Chase, George Harrison Stabbed
Evening Standard, Hulton Archive
Pre-dating O.J. Simpson's Ford Bronco car chase by six years, godfather of soul James Brown went on Cannonball Run-style along Interstate 20 in Georgia and South Carolina. Brown's chase was but one blip on a lengthy history of legal troubles. He was convicted of carrying an unlicensed pistol, assaulting a police officer, and various drug-related and driving offenses for which he'd get sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison.
He served two years.
On the other side of the law, on this day in 2001 36-year-old Michael Abram was found not guilty in stabbing former Beatles guitarist George Harrison. He did stab Harrison -- more than 40 times in a violent 15 minute long fight -- but was ruled insane and was placed in a secure treatment facility instead of jail.