On Tuesday, Caltech ended a 310-game conference losing streak by defeating Occidental College 48-47. It was the longest active streak in all NCAA sports, dating back to 1985. To give you an idea of just how long that is, TSL has compiled a list of events that have happened since Caltech last won a SCIAC game. Enjoy.
– The first episode of The Simpsons aired on Fox.
– All of the players on the current Caltech squad were born.
– The Macintosh II, replete with a 20 MB hard drive, was released.
– Two generations of Bushes were elected president.
– On a related note, two wars in Iraq were carried out.
– Lindsay Lohan was born.
– Justin Bieber’s parents graduated from middle school (or the Canadian equivalent).
– After a long run, The Simpsons became unbearably stale.
– The USSR collapsed, making thousands of world maps obsolete.
– The WWF became the WWE, WrestleMania debuted, and Shawn Michaels’ entire career happened.
– Al Gore invented the internet, lost an election, grew an unfortunate beard, and released a movie.
– Speaking of unfortunate implosions… Chernobyl.
– Michael Jackson went from black to white to court to dead.
– For Caltech readers, the entire Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise TV series took place, and seven Star Trek feature films were released.
– Katie Holmes turned six. Tom Cruise starred in Top Gun.
– The Euro was adopted by 17 nations.
– O.J. Simpson was arrested, acquitted, found guilty in civil court, released, arrested again for a much lesser crime, and finally imprisoned.
– Timothy McVeigh and Ted Kaczynski (a.k.a. the Unabomber) were caught.
– Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Fun fact: his prison sentence was only one year longer than Caltech’s losing streak.
– The price of a pair of Nike Air Force Ones (released in 1986) went from $54.90 to $125.