This Day in Failure: September 14

2008: Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler fumbles the ball in the closing seconds of a game against the San Diego Chargers at Invesco Field in Denver, but referee Ed Hochuli rules that Cutler threw an incomplete pass and blows his whistle before San Diego defender Tim Dobbins picks up the football. After a review via instant replay, Hochuli overturns his call and rules the play a fumble, but is unable to award San Diego the ball because the whistle had blown after the play was ruled a pass. As a result of the veteran referee’s mistake, San Diego goes on to lose the game, 39-38. Later, Hochuli e-mails Chargers' fans with the message, “Affecting the outcome of a game is a devastating feeling. Officials strive for perfection – I failed miserably.”

2006: TV reality star Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman and two co-stars of his A&E show are arrested in Hawaii on charges of illegal detention and conspiracy in the bounty hunters’ capture of Max Factor cosmetics heir Andrew Luster. Duane, 53, son Leland Chapman, 29, and associate Timothy Chapman—who typically spend their days apprehending bail jumpers—do not resist arrest.

1930: The Nationalist Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party) becomes the second-largest party in the Reichstag, receiving almost 6.5 million votes in the election held on this day. The Nazis capture 107 seats and 18.3 percent of the vote, up from 12 seats and 2.6 percent of the vote in 1928. With this electoral result, the Nazis move from the fringe of the political scene to the forefront of German politics.