This Day in Failure: September 9

2010: FAR Rabat goalkeeper Khalid Askri thumps his chest and gestures to fans while a penalty kick he thought he’d saved spins into the net behind him. The mistake costs his team the match against Maghreb Fez and results in its elimination from the Moroccan Cup. Two weeks later, during a match against KAC Kenitra, Askri dribbles the ball into an opposing player, who touches it past him into the open goal. Askri proceeds to rip off his jersey and run off the field, disappearing into a tunnel at FAR’s Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium. The 40th-minute goal is the only goal scored in his club’s 1-0 loss.

2009: In the midst of Barack Obama’s health care speech to Congress, South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson shouts “You lie!” immediately after Obama makes a statement denying that proposed legislation would provide free health care to illegal immigrants. The outburst causes Obama to stop and look toward Wilson and say, “That’s not true.” As it turns out, Obama was being truthful; the bill in question explicitly restricts coverage to U.S. citizens and legal residents.

1971: Frustrated by prison conditions and outraged over punishments recently meted out to two fellow inmates, prisoners riot and seize control of Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. On September 13, fifteen-hundred law enforcement officers storm the complex, firing indiscriminately at the rioters, killing 29 inmates and 10 hostages.

1966: The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act is signed into law, a bill inspired by Ralph Nader's book “Unsafe at Any Speed,” which exposed the automobile industry’s shameful neglect of safety issues.