This Day in Failure: August 13

2011: Six people die and more than forty others are injured when a stage collapses prior to an outdoor Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. The tragedy occurs after a strong gust of wind blows through the grandstand area, causing the stage rigging and canopy to come down on fans in the front rows of the audience.

2009: Seattle Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre suffers a torn right testicle when he is his in the groin by a hard grounder off the bat of Alexei Ramirez of the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning of a game at Safeco Field. After the game, the free-swinging Beltre reveals that he doesn't wear a protective athletic supporter, perhaps accounting for the severity of the injury, which lands Beltre on the disabled list.

2001: An NFL preseason game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens is cancelled 35 minutes after its scheduled start because of ruts, bumps, dips and divots in the newly-installed NexTurf field at Veterans Stadium. To make matters worse, the venue’s jam-packed press elevator breaks down, stranding 18 members of the media for 40 minutes.

1898: James W. Packard purchases a Winton automobile after a visit to the Winton manufacturing facility. However, the car turns out to be a lemon, and his dissatisfaction with the vehicle prompts Packard to build his own car and establish the Packard Motor Car Company.