This Day in Failure: May 25

2008: A cargo plane scheduled to fly to Bahrain crashes and breaks in two after trying to abort a takeoff at Brussels airport in Belgium. The Boeing 747-200, full of fuel, comes to rest just five and a half yards from a rail line and 550 yards from houses on the edge of the town of Zaventem.

2008: In the midst of celebrating their Canadian Hockey League championship, Spokane Chiefs captain Chris Bruton attempts to hand the Memorial Cup to teammate Trevor Glass, at which point the trophy separates from its heavy base and crashes to the ice. The incident prompts boos from the crowd at Memorial Auditorium, already disappointed that their hometown Kitchener (Ontario) Rangers had been defeated. “It just kind of crumbled in my hands and I’m sure I’ll be all over YouTube … but I don’t care because we won the Cup and that's all that matters,” says Bruton after-the-fact.

2004: Meeting with a group of Iraqi’s receiving medical care in the United States president George W. Bush says, “I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein.”

2000: Augusto Lacandula hijacks a Philippine Airlines Airbus 330 with 291 people onboard, then proceeds to jump out of the plane at 6,000 feet with a homemade parachute. Lacandula’s body is found embedded in the ground with only his hands protruding.

1979: An American Airlines DC-10 crashes after its left engine falls off during takeoff at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, killing 275 people.

1979: Six-year-old boy Etan Patz leaves his New York City home to walk to his school bus stop, the first—and last—time he would make the walk on his own. He vanishes somewhere between his apartment and the two blocks to the stop, and later becomes the first missing child to appear on the side of a milk carton. In May 2012 Pedro Hernandez confesses to killing Patz. Charges are brought against Hernandez thirty-three years to the day his victim went missing. Since 1983, May 25 has been recognized as National Missing Children’s Day, in Etan’s honor.