This Day in Failure: May 17

2009: New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd admits to using a paragraph virtually word-for-word from a blog post by Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall without attribution. The newspaper issues a formal correction the following day, noting that Dowd “failed to attribute a paragraph about the timeline for prisoner abuse” to Marshall’s blog.

2009: A major league game between the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays is delayed for 13 minutes before the bottom of the first inning due to a lineup card mistake that lists both Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria as Tampa Bay’s third baseman. Rays manager Joe Maddon intended to make Longoria the club’s designated hitter, but due to his error Tampa Bay loses the D.H. position and is forced to bat pitcher Andy Sonnanstine third in the batting order—the first time a pitcher appears in the initial batting lineup in a game between two AL teams in almost 33 years. Sonnanstine goes on to contribute an RBI double en route to the Rays’ 7-5 victory.

1994: An overheated refrigerator motor sparks a fire in an overcrowded prison in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, killing 103 prisoners.

1987: An Iraqi warplane attacks the U.S.S. Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors. Both countries claim the attack was a mistake.