This Day in Failure: August 18

2017: Longtime Philadelphia Eagles fan Jeffrey Riegel passes away, but takes the opportunity to needle the team via his obituary, asking for “8 Philadelphia Eagles as pall bearers so the Eagles can let him down one last time.” Riegel, of Port Republic, New Jersey, held season tickets for more than thirty years, but the team never won a Super Bowl during his lifetime. 

1991: An unsuccessful coup attempt begins in the U.S.S.R. as eight senior Soviet officials, all Communist hard-liners, attempt to oust Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The conspirators fail to arrest president Boris Yeltsin, who is able to organize a strong resistance and ultimately eliminate the political power of the Communist party.

1982: Wang Laboratories, one of the computer industry’s oldest and most ambitious companies, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company is reborn in 1993 as Wang Global and goes on to become a leading provider of information technology services.

1972: Frank Markoe Sibley, 43, hijacks a United Airlines Boeing 727 after riding a bicycle through a hole in the perimeter fence at Reno, Nevada’s airport. Sibley diverts the San Francisco-bound flight to Vancouver, where he demands $2 million, fifteen pounds of gold bars, two pistols, three submachine guns, and 20 bottles of amphetamines, among other things. But Sibley’s plan goes awry at the Seattle airport, where two FBI agents disguised as relief pilots board the plane and shoot Sibley multiple times.