This Day in Failure: April 21

2009: Major League Baseball umpire Kerwin Danley is removed from the field on a stretcher when the barrel of a broken bat strikes him in the head during a game between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays. It is Danley’s second significant behind-the-plate injury in less than a year. On April 26, 2008, he was hit in the mask with a 96 mph Brad Penny fastball after Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin failed to get a glove on the pitch.

2008: Colorado state Rep. Douglas Bruce (R) is ordered to leave the podium of the state House of Representatives after referring to Mexican workers as “illiterate peasants.” In a prior incident, Bruce became the first Colorado lawmaker censured by the House after he kicked a newspaper photographer for taking his picture during a prayer.

2008: Dr. Don Kalant Sr., an oral surgeon from Naperville, Illinois, sues the Chicago Bulls and team mascot Benny the Bull for hyper-extending his arm and rupturing his biceps—the damage inflicted when the mascot (portrayed by Barry Anderson) gives Kalant an over-exuberant high-five. Anderson also makes news in 2006 when, dressed as Benny, he is arrested for allegedly punching an off-duty sheriff’s deputy.

2001: U.S. president George W. Bush declines to answer reporters' questions at the Summit of the Americas in Qeubec City, saying, “Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican.”

1986: At the end of his live television special, The Opening of Al Capone's Vault, Geraldo Rivera opens the vault to reveal that nothing of interest is inside.

1980: Rosie Ruiz, 23, is the first woman to cross the finish line in the annual Boston Marathon, recording the third fastest time ever posted by a female runner (2:31:56). Ruiz would later be stripped of the title after it’s discovered that she jumped into the race a mere half-mile from the finish line.