This Day in Failure: August 6

2010: The New York Knicks rehire Isiah Thomas (as a consultant), two years after firing him as head coach and team president. Thomas had a dismal run as president from December 2003 to April 2008, with the Knicks never winning a postseason game despite having the NBA’s highest payroll. He was also coach for two years, dismissed after a 23-59 season in 2007-2008. Thomas’s legacy also included an embarrassing sexual harassment suit brought against him by former Knicks employee Anucha Browne Sanders, which cost Madison Square Garden $11.8 million.

2001: CIA director George Tenet presents president George W. Bush with his Presidential Daily Briefing, entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” Bush fails to follow-up on the issue. On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center, United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center, and American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon. Ultimately, both the north and south towers of the World Trade Center collapse, and United Airlines Flight 93 crashes in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. In all, the terrorist attacks claim 3,025 victims.

1997: Korean Air Flight 801, a Boeing 747 en route from Seoul, South Korea, to A.B. Won Guam International Airport in Guam, misses the runway by several miles and slams into the jungle, killing 228 of the 254 passengers and crew members on board.

1890: William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electrocution, a sentence he receives for killing his lover, Matilda Ziegler, with an axe. The procedure is carried out in New York’s Auburn Prison, in a chair designed by the prison’s electrician, Edwin Davis. The first charge lasts just 17 seconds before the current fails, leaving Kemmler burnt and charred but very much alive. A second, stronger charge finishes the job.