This Day in Failure, February 15


Another day in Failure.  

2003: A band of Italian thieves known as “The School of Turin” subverts all the security features of the supposedly impenetrable vault of Antwerp’s Diamond Center and steals at least a hundred million dollars worth of diamonds, cash and other valuables, making this the largest diamond heist in history.

1982: The Ocean Ranger, a 400-foot-long, 337-foot high oil platform located 170 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, capsizes and sinks after being hit by an outsize wave in heavy weather, killing all 84 people on board.

1961: Sabena Flight 548—a Boeing 707 carrying 61 passengers and 11 crew members—crashes upon approach to Zaventem Airport in Brussels, killing everyone aboard, including all 18 skaters on the U.S. Figure Skating Team, which was en route to Prague to compete in the 1961 World Championships.

1933: U.S. president-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escapes an assassination attempt in Miami, Florida, when Chicago mayor Anton Cermak is hit with a bullet intended for Roosevelt. Cermak dies three weeks later.