This Day in Failure, December 23
2008: More than 150 people are stranded for more than six hours on the 541-foot-high Singapore Flyer ferris wheel in Singapore after a short circuit in one of the motor drivers cuts the wheel’s power supply.
1982: Yes, Virginia, there is a Chaminade: In one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history, the Chaminade Silverswords cut down the nation’s No. 1 team, the previously undefeated Virginia Cavaliers, 77-72, at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.
1980: The NHL’s Winnipeg Jets defeat the Colorado Rockies 5-4, ending a 30-game winless streak that began on October 19 with a tie against the Quebec Nordiques. The “Lose-ipeg” Jets go on to finish the 1980-81 season with a record of 9-57-14.
1979: Boston Bruins player Mike Milbury smacks a New York Rangers fan with the fan’s own loafer during a melee in the stands after a game at Madison Square Garden. The fan sues—unsuccessfully—for $7 million.
1926: Two trains—the Ponce de Leon and the Royal Palm—collide head-on in Rockmart, Georgia, approximately 50 miles north of Atlanta on the Southern Railway line. Twelve passengers and seven Southern employees perish in the accident, and 123 people are injured.