This Day in Failure: November 20

2008: A new digital library Web site ( containing paintings, photos, films, books, maps and manuscripts from 1,000 museums, national libraries and archives across Europe, crashes within hours of opening. Users attempting to access the site are greeted with a message saying the site is “temporarily not accessible due to overwhelming interest….”

2008: In a Gallup Poll released on this day, just 34 percent of Americans say they have a favorable view of the Republican Party. Moreover, 61 percent of Americans report an unfavorable view of the GOP, the highest percentage since the measure was established in 1992.

2006: (Fox) News Corp. cancels its O.J. Simpson book and TV special If I Did It, in which Simpson speaks in hypothetical terms about how he would have committed the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

1988: Pittsburgh Steelers punter Harry Newsome has a punt blocked in a 27-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns, setting an NFL record for most punts blocked in a season (six). Along with Herman Weaver (Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks), Newsome also holds the record for most punts blocked during a career (14).

1975: A Senate committee releases its report on the activities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The investigation concludes that both government agencies are guilty of grievous misconduct—including the illegal surveillance of over 100 U.S. citizens. The CIA is also charged with plotting to assassinate select foreign leaders and with stockpiling poisons.