This Day in Failure: September 18

2010: Ohio University’s Bobcat mascot tackles Brutus Buckeye as the Ohio State University (OSU) mascot is leading the OSU team onto the field prior to a game between the two schools. Moments later, the Bobcat mascot climbs onto Brutus’ back and rides him to the ground, then repeatedly punches him in the head while players and cheerleaders look on. Later, the 19-year-old inside the Bobcat costume, Brandon Hanning, reveals the attack was premeditated, saying “the whole reason I tried out [to be mascot] was so I could come up to Ohio State and tackle Brutus.” The Buckeyes get revenge in the end, trampling the visiting team 43-7. Ohio University subsequently apologizes for its mascot’s behavior and bans Hanning from further affiliation with the school’s athletic department, only to discover that he’s an OU dropout now attending Hocking College.

2006: The San Diego Padres allow four consecutive home runs—tying a major league record—in the ninth inning of a 11-10 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1961: United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold and 15 others are killed when their DC6 crashes under mysterious circumstances near Ndola in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia).

1873: The Panic of 1873 begins when 37 banks and brokerage firm Jay Cooke & Company closes its doors. Shortly afterwards, the New York Stock Exchange is temporarily shut down, further damaging faith in the economy. The federal government’s efforts to stem the panic are fruitless and the depression lasts through 1879.