This Day in Failure: March 17

2009: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer—at 146 years old, the city’s oldest newspaper—publishes its last print edition, commemorating the day with a 20-page special section. “We see no opportunity for us to publish the P-I on a profitable basis,” said Hearst Corp. executives in a letter to P-I employees earlier in the year.

2001: Amtrak’s California Zephyr train—en route from Chicago to Emeryville, California—derails near Corning, Iowa, and skids down a 25-foot embankment adjacent to the track, killing one person and injuring 90 others.

1989: The eleventh-century Civic Tower in Pavia, Italy, suddenly and unexpectedly collapses, killing four pedestrians.