This Day in Failure: July 6

2013: A runaway Montreal, Maine & Atlantic train that included five locomotives and 72 crude oil tank cars derails on a curve in the middle of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. The resulting explosion and fire kills 47 people and destroys much of the downtown area.

2004: The cover of the New York Post reads: “KERRY'S CHOICE: Dem picks Gephardt as VP candidate.” Kerry's actual choice? John Edwards.

1988: The worst accident in offshore oil exploration history occurs when an explosion and subsequent fires destroy the Piper Alpha drilling platform in the North Sea, killing 167 workers. The danger had been highlighted in a safety report 12 months earlier.

1944: In Hartford, Connecticut, a fire breaks out under the big top of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, killing 167 and injuring 682. The tent had undergone a treatment with flammable paraffin thinned with gasoline to make it waterproof.