Feb. 6, 1958
Attempting to return from a European Cup match in Yugoslavia, Manchester United was struck by tragedy on Feb. 6, 1958. British Airways Flight 609 collided into a buildup of slush during the plane's ascent, disrupting its takeoff and prompting its immediate crash. Twenty-three of the 44 passengers were killed, including eight Manchester United players, three team staffers and eight traveling journalists. Memorials in their honor were unveiled at the team's stadium, Old Trafford, in 1960.