This Day in Failure: September 19

1995: “The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race.” So begins the 65-page thesis of the Unabomber, published on this day by the Washington Post. The publication of the “Unabomber Manifesto” leads to the capture of Ted Kaczynski, as his brother David recognizes the writing and identifies him as its author.

1992: At the northern entrance of the Malacca Straits, 30 miles off the coast of Sumatra, the 27,000-ton container ship Ocean Blessing plows into the 100,000-ton oil tanker Nagasaki Spirit at a speed of 21 knots. The impact opens a V-shaped gash in the oil carrier, causing 12,000 tons of Persian Gulf crude to spill into the ocean. Investigators conclude that at least one of the ships was out of control when the collision occured and that the tragedy could have been avoided if one or both of the vessels hadn’t been attacked by pirates.

1985: An 8.1-magnitude earthquake strikes Mexico City, leaving 10,000 people dead, 30,000 injured and thousands more homeless.

1971: In his regular season debut as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Dan Devine finds himself unable to get out of the way of a play and is knocked to the ground by center Bob Hyland. Devine is carted from the field with a broken leg and the Packers lose the game to the New York Giants, 42-40.