This Day in Failure: August 15

2010: Dustin Johnson grounds his club in what is deemed to be a bunker just prior to his second shot on the 72nd hole of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, leading to a two-stroke penalty. The rules violation costs Johnson a spot in a playoff and a possible major title. Martin Kaymer goes on to win the tournament and earns $1,350,000, while Johnson finishes in a three-way tie for fifth and collects $270,833.

2007: Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, 40, pleads guilty to two felonies—conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting betting information through interstate commerce. Donaghy had been betting on NBA games since 2003 (including games he officiated) and had been providing high-stakes gamblers with inside information.

2003: On Kahn’s Baseball Card Night at Great American Ball Park, the Cincinnati Reds give away a limited-edition set of Reds baseball cards to all fans in attendance. The set includes fired manager Bob Boone, fired coaches Tom Robson and Tim Foli, as well as five traded players.

1996: After unveiling its new Internet browser four days earlier, Microsoft formally apologizes to consumers, who had been having difficulty downloading the free product. Ironically, Apple begins shipping its new computer, the iMac, the same day.

1961: East Germany begins constructing the Berlin Wall in an effort to keep refugees who were unhappy with the Communist system from fleeing to West Germany.