This Day in Failure: September 13

2009: A platform in an elevator shaft collapses inside Hong Kong’s 118-story International Commerce Center, causing six construction workers to plunge 20 stories to their deaths.

2008: During a game against the Michigan Wolverines, Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis tears both the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee after being knocked over on the sideline by one of his own players during a punt return. “I feel like an athlete. First time in my life,” says Weis after the game, a 35-17 victory for the Fighting Irish.

1971: A four-day riot at Attica Prison (a maximum-security facility in Western New York), comes to a violent end as law enforcement officials open fire on more than 1,200 prisoners, killing 29 inmates and 10 hostages.

1899: The first known fatality involving an automobile occurs in New York City when Henry Bliss, a 68-year-old real estate broker, is struck by an oncoming vehicle as he steps off a street car.