This Day in Failure: June 8

2009: Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor fractures an ankle after suffering a trip-and-fall at New York’s LaGuardia Airport while en route to a meeting with U.S. senators.

2004: The Tampa Bay Tribune mistakenly publishes an editorial which asserts that the Tampa Bay Lightning lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to the Calgary Flames—a game the Lightning won. The newspaper prepared two editorials—one for a win and one for a loss—but printed the wrong version. The editorial began: “The Tampa Bay Lightning didn't win the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup last night. But the team had a championship season nevertheless.”

2004: Milwaukee Brewers’ players strike out 26 times during a 17-inning win over the Anaheim Angels, tying the major league baseball record for strikeouts in a game.

2001: A failed software upgrade leaves investors unable to trade shares on the New York Stock Exchange for an hour-and-a-half.

1967: Israeli warplanes attack the U.S.S. Liberty in the Mediterranean Sea, killing 34 Navy crewmen. Israel later apologizes for the incident, calling it a tragic mistake.

1917: A fire starts in North Butte Mining Company’s Granite Mountain mine (Butte, Montana), one which quickly spreads—through interconnecting underground workings—to the Speculator Mine and other mines in the immediate area. At least 167 men perish in the fire, making this the nation’s worst hard-rock mining disaster—and one of two major hard-rock mining accidents that took place in Butte, the other having occurred on October 19, 1915, when 16 men were killed in the Granite Mountain Mine. 

On June 8, 1996, the Granite Mountain-Speculator Memorial was dedicated to the miners who lost their lives in the 1917 fire; today, the Memorial is considered one of the Top Things to do in Butte, with The Berkeley Pit at the top of the list.