This Day in Failure: October 8

2009: Thirteen hockey fans are injured at the Scottrade Center when a three-story escalator malfunctions following the St. Louis Blues’ home opener, a 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers.

2008: Seventeen-thousand tons of granite rains down from Glacier Point, the 3,000-foot-high cliff that towers over Curry Village, a popular mountainside campground in California’s Yosemite National Park. Miraculously, only three people are injured in the massive rockslide, but the event (and subsequent scientific analysis) convinces park officials to permanently close a portion of the Village.

2008: A 19-seat Yeti Airlines DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter crashes and catches fire after its wheels snag on a security fence as it tries to land at Lukla airport, a tiny mountain airstrip 40 miles from Mount Everest. The pilot survives but two other crew members and 16 tourists from Germany and Australia are killed.

2007: Berlin marathon race officials disqualify Mexican politician/marathon runner Roberto Madrazo for taking a shortcut in the week-earlier race after an electronic tracking chip indicates that he skipped two checkpoints and took only 21 minutes to cover a nine mile section of the course. Madrazo had been credited for winning the age-55 category with a shockingly fast time of 2:41:12, but suspicions were aroused when he was photographed crossing the finish line wearing a wind breaker, hat, and long pants—unusually heavy clothing for a person running 26.2 miles in 60-degree weather.

1988: The Columbia University Lions football team defeats the Princeton Tigers 16-13 at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium, ending a 44-game losing streak—the longest losing skid in major-college football history.