This Day in Failure: December 18

2005: Hundreds of fans of the NFL’s Detroit Lions take to streets in Detroit to protest the contract extension recently awarded to the team’s general manager, Matt Millen. Many of the angry fans on hand hold signs featuring messages like: “There’s a Millen reasons the Lions can’t win.” Originally promoted by Detroit sports talk radio station WDFN as the “Angry Fan March,” the protest subsequently becomes known as the “Millen Man March.”

2000: “If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier ... just so long as I'm the dictator.” —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C.

1912: Amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson announces the discovery of two skulls belonging to an ancestor of man. Uncovered in Piltdown Quarry in Sussex, England, the skulls are hailed as the missing evolutionary link between ape and man. “Piltdown Man” is revealed as a hoax in 1953 when dating techniques reveal the bones to be a mere 600 years old.

1867: The Buffalo and Erie Railroad’s New York Express derails as it approaches the high truss bridge over Big Sister Creek near Angola, New York. The last two cars of the train plummet to the bottom of the gorge, killing upwards of fifty passengers and injuring dozens more. The accident—one of the deadliest railway disasters in U.S. history—is now commonly referred to as the Angola Horror.