This Day in Failure: December 3

2008: Ajmal Amir Kasab, 21, the lone gunman captured alive following a three-day terror attack on Mumbai, tells security officials he was promised that his impoverished family would receive 100,000 Pakistani rupees (about $1,250) if he died fighting for militant Islam. Eight gunmen are killed during the attacks, which took the lives of 171 people, including 26 foreigners.

2003: A Goodyear blimp crashes at its base airport in Carson, California, injuring one of two occupants on board.

1990: Iben Browning’s prediction that a major earthquake would strike the region of New Madrid, Missouri, on or about this date fails to materialize. However, his well-publicized forecast is successful in raising the level of public agitation about the possibility of a quake.

1984: A Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, leaks a highly toxic cloud of methyl isocyanate into the air killing upwards of 10,000 people and injuring 300,000 more. The accident was caused by a combination of mechanical and human error.

1971: A lawsuit filed against Satan (and his staff) is dismissed from federal court as plaintiff Gerald Mayo fails to include instructions on how to serve Satan with the suit. Mayo alleges that “on numerous occasions” Satan had “caused plaintiff misery and . . . placed deliberate obstacles in his path and caused plaintiff's downfall.” The court notes it has “serious doubts that the complaint reveals a cause of action upon which relief can be granted by the court.”

1917: After almost 20 years of planning and building the Quebec Bridge is opened to the public. Parts of the bridge collapsed twice during construction—on August 29, 1907 and September 11, 1916.