This Day in Failure: July 13

2009: A programming error at Visa Debit Processing Services causes as many as 13,000 Visa prepaid cardholders to be hit with a charge to their accounts in the amount of $23,148,855,308,184,500—a sum that is more than two thousand times the U.S. national debt—along with a $15 overdraft charge. Visa later assures customers that the falsely issued fees will be voided and that the incident will have "no financial impact on Visa prepaid cardholders."

2009: A teleprompter screen comes loose, crashes to the floor, and shatters into pieces during a speech being delivered by President Barack Obama in the auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington D.C. “Sorry about that, guys,” says Obama, before resuming his remarks.

2008: New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes becomes the first player in major league history to have 20 doubles, 10 triples, 10 home runs and 30 stolen bases at the All-Star break, yet he fails to make the National League All-Star team.

1977: A 25-hour blackout paralyzes New York City after lightning strikes power lines.

1931: The German financial institution known as Danabank fails, leading to the closing of all banks in Germany for nearly a month.