This Day in Failure: May 15

2009: General Motors notifies 1,100 of its 6,000 dealerships that it is terminating their contracts. The move comes a day after Chrysler LLC announces that it is dropping 789 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealers as part of its bankruptcy restructuring.

2009: A failure in the decontamination of equipment causes a leak of radioactive material at Eletronuclear's Angra 2 power plant near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2004: A 40-ton steel girder drops from a freeway overpass construction site onto Interstate-70 in Golden, Colorado, crushing an SUV and killing three people.

2002: Movie stuntman Eric Barone, 41, breaks his own world speed record for mountain biking by careening down Nicaragua’s 2,214-foot Cerro Negro volcano at 107 mph. Barone finishes his ride with a spectacular crash that breaks his bike in two pieces and leaves the Frenchman with a broken nose and four cracked ribs.

1987: The movie Ishtar—starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty—is released.