This Day in Failure: October 4

2010: Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil is fined $40,000 by the NFL for making an obscene gesture during the second quarter of a day-earlier loss to the Denver Broncos at LP Field in Nashville. (Cecil violated a rule that prohibits use of abusive, threatening or insulting language or gestures to game officials). Less than a year earlier, Titans owner Bud Adams showed his raised middle fingers to Buffalo Bills fans during the waning moments of his team’s 41-17 win over the Bills. The NFL fined Adams a quarter-million dollars for the gestures.

2006: During the second inning of a 6-5 loss to the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew are both tagged out at home plate on the same play. It’s the first time in MLB post-season history that such an improbable double play occurs.

2005: “I think it’s important to bring somebody from outside the system, the judicial system, somebody that hasn’t been on the bench, and therefore there’s not a lot of opinions for people to look at.” —George W. Bush, on his Supreme Court nominee, Harriet Miers

1992: An El-Al Boeing 747 cargo jet en route from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv crashes into an apartment building in the Bijimermeer section of Amsterdam while attempting to make an emergency landing at Schipol Airport, killing the four people aboard the plane and approximately 100 others on the ground.

1988: Founder of the PTL club and televangelist, Jim Bakker, is indicted on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and for conspiring to defraud the public. He is convicted in 1989 and sentenced to 45 years in prison, although his sentence is later reduced to eight years.