This Day in Failure: January 29

2009: Rod Blagojevich is ousted as governor of Illinois by a unanimous 59-0 vote, making him the first governor from that state to be removed from office. The state Senate also votes to bar Blagojevich from holding future public office in Illinois.

2009: The Ford Motor Co. announces that it lost $14.6 billion ($6.41 a share) in 2008, the worst loss in the 106-year history of the company.

2008: Retired shipping consultant Rob Napier, 67, loses a 17th-century violin worth $390,000 when he leaves it aboard a train on his way home to Bedwyn, a town 70 miles west of London. The violin was made by master Venetian craftsman Matteo Goffriller in 1698.

2007: “There is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I’m sorry it’s the case, and I’ll work hard to try to elevate it.” —George W. Bush, speaking on National Public Radio

1989: Global Motors—the company responsible for importing the Yugoslavian-made Yugo automobile to the U.S.—files for bankruptcy. The Yugo sold well in the mid-1980s due to a ridiculously low sticker price, but sales plunged after it proved notoriously unreliable.