This Day in Failure: June 9

2009: An explosion at a Garner, North Carolina, ConAgra Foods plant causes sections of the roof to collapse. Three individuals are killed and 38 workers are hospitalized.

2004: First Lady Laura Bush announces that Denver is adopting Baghdad as a sister city, a proclamation that catches city officials unaware. The White House also promises that Denver—facing a projected $33 million budget shortfall in 2005—will provide Baghdad with “humanitarian assistance” and “other aid initiatives.”

2001: Three days of rain from Tropical Storm Allison causes the doors to the basement laboratories of the Texas Medical Center in Houston to cave in under the weight of 20 feet of water. The resulting surge drowns more than 4,700 research animals, destroying the work of hundreds of scientists and ending promising experiments related to Alzheimer’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

1946: Mel Ott, manager of major league baseball’s New York Giants, becomes the first manager to be ejected from both games of a doubleheader.