This Day in Failure: August 20

2008: A Spanair MD-82 (flight JK5022) bound for Las Palmas in the Canary Islands crashes upon takeoff at Madrid’s Baragas airport, killing 153 of 172 people onboard, making this Spain’s worst air disaster in 25 years.

2006: Norwegian BASE jumper Karina Hollekim survives a 60-mile-per-hour impact after her parachute fails while skydiving in Switzerland. Hollekim suffers four fractures in her left femur and 21 open fractures in her right leg.

2005: The Kansas City Royals end baseball’s longest losing streak in 17 years, defeating the Oakland Athletics 2-1 to snap a club-record 19-game skid. The win also ends a club record-tying 12-game road losing streak.

1995: A collision between two trains in northern India kills 358 people and injures more than 400 more when the Kalindi Express, en route to New Delhi, hits a cow on the tracks near Firozabad, about 185 miles southeast of its destination. None of the 900 passengers on board are injured, but the train’s brakes are damaged, leaving the train unable to continue. When the local signalman fails to stop the next train—the Pureshotham Express from Puri—it crashes into the Kalindi at full speed.

1940: France falls to the invading German army in World War II.