This Day in Failure: July 18

2008: Michelle Wie, 18, fails to sign her scorecard before leaving the scoring area following the second round of the LPGA’s State Farm Classic at the Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Illinois. Tour officials don’t learn of the rules breach until after Wie tees off the following day (Saturday), and don’t disqualify her until the end of the third round, at which point she is in second place, one shot behind the leader. Potential lost earnings? $255,000 for winning the tournament or $155,252 for second prize.

2008: Four workers are killed and six are injured when a giant mobile crane with a 400-foot boom collapses at LyondellBasell oil refinery in Houston, Texas.

2006: The month-old, 113,000-ton Crown Princess cruise ship—en route from Port Canaveral, Florida to New York—lists hard to one side due to a malfunction in its steering equipment. Ninety-four passengers—mostly children and the elderly—are injured in the accident.

2001: A CSX freight train carrying hydrochloric acid and other hazardous materials derails and burns in a tunnel beneath Baltimore, Maryland, affecting traffic, disrupting Internet service and forcing the cancellation of a Baltimore Orioles game.

1986: Videotape of the wreckage of the sunken ocean liner RMS Titanic is released to the public—video that had been recorded on the first manned expedition to the wreck site, 13,000 feet down on the ocean floor.

1984: James Oliver Huberty opens fire in a crowded McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, California, killing 21 people and wounding 19 others before a marksman sends a fatal shot through Huberty’s chest.

1969: In what would become a defining event for both his political career and his life, U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy drives his car off a bridge and into a pond after leaving a party on Chappaquiddick Island. Although his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne drowns, Kennedy leaves the scene and does not report the accident for ten hours. The incident ends any presidential aspirations the Senator may have had.

1930: German Chancellor Heinrich Brüning dissolves the Reichstag (parliament), setting the stage for new elections less than two months later, thereby opening the door for the Nazi Party’s electoral breakthrough. On September 14, 1930, the Nazi Party becomes the second-largest party in the Reichstag, receiving almost 6.5 million votes, up from 12 seats and 2.6 percent of the vote in 1928 to 107 seats and 18.3 percent of the vote.

1925: The first volume of Adolf Hitler's “Mein Kampf” (My Struggle) is published. The largely autobiographical, poorly-written work—filled with distortions and inaccuracies—sells fewer than 23,000 copies by 1929, but becomes a runaway best-seller after 1933, making Hitler a very wealthy man. The book’s original title? “Four and a Half Years of Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity, and Cowardice.”