This Day in Failure: July 19

2006: The United States Capitol Historical Society holds a reception honoring select lawmakers “for their hard work, service, time and the sacrifices made in upholding the office with which they were entrusted.” Among the honorees is former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.), unable to attend because he’s in prison.

2003: Mark Roe and Jesper Parnevik are both disqualified from the British Open after signing the wrong scorecards following the tournament’s third round. Roe looked forward to starting the fourth round in contention for the title, but by forgetting to exchange cards on the first tee both Roe and Parnevik recorded incorrect scores throughout the round. Later that same day, Robert Allenby and Phillip Price are nearly disqualified for the same reason, but Appleby notices the pair’s error in the scorers tent and the appropriate corrections are made.

1990: Kevin Mackey, 43, is dismissed as head basketball coach at Cleveland State University, six days after being arrested on a drunk driving charge, having been pulled over as he drove away from a reputed drug house. Two days prior to his arrest he had signed a two-year $300,000 contract extension, just reward for leading the Vikings to three postseason appearances in seven seasons, including a memorable upset of the Indiana Hoosiers in the 1986 NCAA Tournament.

1989: A United Airlines DC-10 crashes in Sioux City, Iowa, killing 111 passengers. The cause of the accident is catstrophic failure of the #2 tail-mounted engine, whose forceful discharge of parts leads to the loss of the three hydraulic systems that power the plane’s flight controls.

1979: A pair of gigantic supertankers—the Atlantic Empress and the Aegean Captain—collide off the island of Little Tobago in the Caribbean Sea, killing 26 crew members and spilling 280,000 tons of crude oil into the water. To this day it remains one of the worst oil-tanker accidents in history, one of the few times when two oil tankers have collided.

1967: A fire aboard the U.S. Navy carrier USS Forrestal kills 134 service members after a rocket from one of its F-4 Phantom jet fighters is accidentally launched, striking a parked A-4 Skyhawk and causing a blaze that takes a full day to contain.