This Day in Failure: January 25

2006: A visitor to Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, shatters three Qing dynasty Chinese vases when he trips on his shoelace, falls down a staircase, and brings the vases crashing to the floor. The three vases dated from the late 17th or early 18th century and were among the museum’s best-known artifacts.

2003: U.S. skier Daron Rahlves, 30, wins the legendary Hahnenkamm Downhill in Kitzbühel, Austria—a race considered to be the most dangerous and prestigious downhill on the World Cup circuit. The day of Rahlves’ victory is dubbed Black Saturday by the local media, as Austrians typically dominate the event and consider winning it to be a national right.

1995: Russian commanders mistake a Norwegian scientific experiment for a surprise nuclear attack when early-warning defense radar detects an unexpected missle launch from Norway. Nuclear suitcases carried by Boris Yeltsin are activated before it’s determined that the incident is not a surprise attack by Western nuclear submarines but a pre-announced experiment. It’s later discovered that the Russian Defense Ministry had received the warning but failed to inform the military commander on duty.