This Day in Failure: June 25

2009: News of the death of Michael Jackson leads to outages at major Web destinations like the Los Angeles Times, Google News and Twitter (whose users encounter numerous “fail whales” during the course of the day). Jackson’s demise overshadows the death of 1970s icon Farah Fawcett, who passed away just hours earlier.

1997: A cargo vessel crashes into the Russian space station Mir, severely damaging the station’s Spektr module.

1876: Lieutenant Colonel George Custer and his 7th Cavalry are annihilated at the Little Big Horn in Montana by a large band of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians. Related Content: Still Standing: George Custer in the 21st Century