This Day in Failure: August 10

2009: Twenty-four people are stuck on Great America amusement park's Invertigo roller coaster for as long as four hours after the ride's lift chain fails. The passengers, suspended as high as 70 feet in the air, are rescued by firefighters from the Santa Clara (California) area using ladder trucks and a lift. A similar incident occurred on the same ride in April 2000.

2000: Bridgestone/Firestone offers to replace 6.5 million tires, mainly on Ford light trucks and SUV’s, making this the second-largest tire recall in history.

1995: The Los Angeles Dodgers are forced to forfeit a regular season game to the St. Louis Cardinals after Dodgers fans hurl souvenir baseballs onto the field on three different occasions during “Ball Night.” The umpires stop the game with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Cardinals leading 2-1, making this the first forfeited game in the major leagues since July 12, 1979, when the second game of a doubleheader between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox was called off after a “Disco Demolition Night” promotion went awry.

1993: Two fuel barges and one phosphate freighter collide in Tampa Bay, Florida, spilling more than 300,000 gallons of oil and causing a fire that takes 16 hours to extinguish.

1973: For the first time in his career, Arnold Palmer fails to make the cut in a PGA tournament.

1628: The Swedish warship Vasa founders and sinks less than a mile into its maiden voyage, having been launched despite failing pre-launch stability tests. The ship is salvaged on April 24, 1961, and is now on display at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm.