This Day in Failure: November 24

2009: Wannabe reality TV stars Michaele and Tareq Salahi crash a White House state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, enabling the uninvited couple to rub shoulders with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, and CBS News anchor Katie Couric, among others. The Secret Service learns of the security breach a day later after the Salahis’ online boasts and photos on Michaele’s Facebook page prompt an investigation.

2008: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Ryan O’Byrne scores a rare soccer-style own goal during the third period of an NHL game against the New York Islanders, firing the puck into his own net from the side boards after a delayed penalty on the Islanders sends Canadiens goaltender Carey Price scooting to the bench for an extra skater. The goal ties the game at 3-3 and the Islanders go on to win in a shootout.

2002: The Detroit Lions win the overtime coin toss after four quarters of regulation play against the Chicago Bears ends in a 17-17 tie. Instead of taking the ball on offense, Detroit head coach Marty Mornhinweg inexplicably elects to have his team kick off to begin the extra session. Chicago marches down the field and kicks a game-winning field goal, after which frustrated Lions fans begin referring to their head coach as “Marty Moron-weg.”

1971: A man calling himself Dan Cooper (later referred to as D.B. Cooper) hijacks a Northwest Orient Airlines flight en route from Portland to Seattle, and requests $200,000 in cash and four parachutes, which he receives after the Boeing 727 lands in Seattle. Back in the air, he jumps from the aft stairs while the plane is traveling at 200 mph through a heavy rainstorm. No trace of Cooper is ever found.