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Do you remember where you were 16 years ago tomorrow? June 17, 1994 was a busy day in sports. It was a Friday. Arnold Palmer played his final U.S. Open round -- at Oakmont, no less, his home course. The 1994 World Cup kicked off in the United States. That day, the New York Rangers held a parade in Manhattan to celebrate their first Stanley Cup in 54 years. Meantime, the Knicks and Rockets were tied at two games each in the NBA Finals heading into that Friday night's Game 5.

But then the world stopped that afternoon, all of us frozen by the sight on our televisions of a white Ford Bronco in a surreal slow-speed chase on a Los Angeles freeway. Inside, the legendary O.J. Simpson was considered a fugitive. It's estimated that more than 95-million people watched the bizarre pursuit. Four days earlier, Simpson's estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were found fatally stabbed outside her Brentwood, Calif. home. And Simpson was a suspect.

Simpson We know the rest of the story. Simpson tuned himself in to police and thus began one of the most publicized court trials in American legal justice history. More than a year later -- Oct. 5, 1995 -- Simpson was found not guilty.

Tonight, ESPN's "30 for 30'' film series continues with director Brett Morgan's June 18, 1994, which chronicles the events of that day. It airs tonight (Wednesday) at 10 p.m.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 3:17pm]


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