This Day in Failure: July 2

2011: During the fifth inning of a game between the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin is awarded a three-ball walk. No one protests the error and Maybin eventually comes around to score on an Alberto Gonzalez single, the margin of victory in San Diego’s 1-0 win.

2009: A swarm of bees takes over left field at San Diego's Petco Park, necessitating a 52-minute delay during the ninth inning of a game between the Houston Astros and San Diego Padres. Houston wraps up its 7-2 victory over San Diego shortly after a beekeeper arrives at the stadium to bring the situation under control.

2008: While batting against Colorado Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, San Diego Padres catcher Michael Barrett fouls a ball off his face, bloodying and fracturing his nose. The Rockies go on to win the game 8-1.

2008: The U.S. Justice Department acknowledges that government lawyers should have been aware that Congress had in 2006 made the rape of a child a capital offense in the military, and should have informed the Supreme Court of that fact while the justices were considering Kennedy v. Louisiana, a case which asked them to decide whether death is a constitutional punishment for that crime. A week earlier the Court, in a 5-4 vote, ruled that the Constitution prohibits the death penalty for the rape of a child, the decision based in part on the argument that because child rape is a capital offense in only six states, and not under federal law, the punishment does not meet the “evolving standards of decency” by which the Court judges capital punishment.

2003: President George W. Bush invites militants to attack U.S. troops in Iraq, saying, “There are some who feel like that conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is: Bring them on. We have the force necessary to deal with that situation.”

2003: Twenty people are injured after a Colorado Rockies game when one of the six escalators at Coors Field suddenly accelerates as the crowd is departing from the stadium.

1982: Larry Walters takes flight from Long Beach, California, in a $109 Sears lawn chair outfitted with 42 helium-filled weather balloons. At an altitude of 15,000 feet he pops seven of the balloons with a pistol—just enough to allow for his survival—before accidentally dropping the gun to the ground.

1972: Nguyen Thai Binh, a 24-year-old college student from South Vietnam, hijacks Pan Am Flight 841 from Honolulu, but pilot Gene Vaughn lands the Boeing 747 at Saigon’s Tan Son Nhut airport under the pretext of making a refueling stop. Knowing that one of the passengers—a retired San Francisco police officer—had come aboard with a .357 Magnum, Vaughan proceeds to grab the diminutive Binh by the throat and encourages the cop to shoot the hijacker, which he does, five times, in full view of the passengers. Vaughan then picks up Binh’s lifeless body and heaves the corpse onto the tarmac.