This Day in Failure: July 15

2009: A Caspian Airlines Tu-154M—en route from Tehran to the Armenian capital of Yerevan—crashes 75 miles northwest of Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, killing all 153 passengers and 15 crew members aboard.

2009: A collision involving a tanker truck, a tractor-trailer and a passenger car causes a massive explosion and fire that collapses Nine Mile Bridge in Hazel Park, Michigan.

2008: Gyorgy Kolonics, 36, a canoeing gold medalist at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, dies after collapsing in his canoe while training for the Beijing Games. The Hungarian Olympic Committee cites heart failure as the probable cause of death.

2008: Eighteen people are injured, two seriously, when the swinging Rainbow ride—a spinning arm with a seating compartment on one end—collapses at the Liseberg theme park in Goteborg, Sweden. The accident is caused by a malfunctioning ball-bearing.

2007: The Philadelphia Phillies lose their 10,000th game (10-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals), becoming the first professional sports franchise to suffer 10,000 defeats.

2000: Colorado Rockies outfielder Brian Hunter charges the mound after being hit by a ball thrown by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Scott Sullivan. Hunter is suspended for three games, and is forced to serve the suspension as a member of the Reds, to whom he is later traded.

1979: President Jimmy Carter delivers one of the most remarkable presidential addresses in U.S. history—the “Crisis of Confidence” speech—in which he speaks of a crisis in the American soul, and also details his proposal for a new national energy policy. Though Carter’s words are initially well-received—the address, now commonly known as the “malaise” speech—goes on to play a pivotal role in his political downfall, and helps usher in the rise of the conservative movement.