This Day in Failure: September 1

2008: Japan’s exceptionally unpopular prime minister, Yasuo Fukuda, 72, announces his resignation after less than a year in office, his public approval rating hovering around 29 percent.

2007: The Appalachian State Mountaineers beat the #5 Michigan Wolverines 34-32 at Ann Arbor, Michigan, marking the first time that a Division I-AA school defeats a team ranked in the Associated Press football poll.

2006: In Marshville, North Carolina, an angry mob of ten men fatally beats Tony Blakeney, who they mistakenly thought was involved in the disappearance of their friend, Patrick McClendon. Shortly afterwards police arrest and charge Leonard Staton, 18, with the kidnapping and murder of McClendon. The ten vigilantes are also charged with murder.

1985: A joint U.S.-French expedition locates the wreck of the RMS Titanic, 73 years after the “unsinkable” liner sank to the ocean floor in the middle of the North Atlantic. The ship is found approximately 400 miles east of Newfoundland at a depth of roughly 13,000 feet.

1983: A Korean Airlines Boeing 747 carrying 265 passengers is shot down by a Russian fighter after flying through restricted Soviet airspace. The U.S.S.R. later claims that Flight 007 was on an American spy mission.