This Day in Failure: October 31

2014: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashes in the Mojave Desert after experiencing an “in-flight anomaly,” an accident that results in the death of the co-pilot. The incident occurs during a test flight, shortly after the craft separates from the WhiteKnightTwo, the vehicle that carried it aloft.

2006: The Chicago Bulls defeat the Miami Heat 108-66, the most lopsided opening game loss for a defending NBA champion in league history.

1999: EgyptAir Flight 990, a Boeing 767 en route from New York to Cairo with 217 passengers aboard, plunges into the Atlantic Ocean sixty miles south of Nantucket. An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board concludes that co-pilot Gameel al-Batouti—alone in the cockpit while the pilot was in the lavatory—deliberately put the plane into a steep dive from which it could not be recovered.

1926: Harry Houdini, the most famous escape artist of the twentieth century, dies of complications from a ruptured appendix.