This Day in Failure: November 2

2009: The Philadelphia Inquirer runs a three-quarter-page Macy’s ad congratulating the Philadelphia Phillies on winning back-to-back World Series titles. On the day of publication, Philadelphia is behind in the series three games to one and faces an elimination game against the New York Yankees.

2009: Doug Barron, 40, becomes the first PGA Tour player to fail a drug test since the tour instituted a drug policy in July 2008. Barron—who has never won a PGA or Nationwide Tour event in 348 tries over 18 years—is suspended from the tour for a year.

2006: In the midst of fierce election year debate over which political party is most adept at providing national security, the Bush Administration shutters a federal Web site that contains detailed instructions—mostly in Arabic—about how to construct an atomic bomb. The documents had inexplicably been posted to the site six months earlier by President George W. Bush’s director of national intelligence, John Negroponte.

1948: Surprising many, Harry S. Truman defeats Thomas E. Dewey in the U.S. presidential election by two million popular votes. The Chicago Tribune goes to press with next day’s early edition with the front page headline reading: “Dewey Defeats Truman.”

1947: The largest airplane ever built—the HK-1, aka H-4 or “Spruce Goose”—makes its first and only flight. With its designer, Howard Hughes, at the controls, the mammoth eight-engine craft lifts off, flies one mile and then lands. Rapid technological developments make the H-4’s design obsolete even before its maiden flight and its size and cost make it prohibitively expensive.