This Day in Failure: November 23

2008: Guns N' Roses releases its long-awaited album Chinese Democracy, which sells just 318,000 copies in its first two weeks in stores, a huge disappointment for Best Buy Co., which scored the exclusive rights to sell the CD in the U.S. and paid millions of dollars upfront for 1.3 million non-returnable copies.

2008: Panned by mainstream critics, the Broadway revival of American Buffalo closes within a week of opening, in spite of the fact that its cast includes black Hollywood star Cedric The Entertainer and Academy Award nominee Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense).

1997: After scoring on a one-yard run late in the first half of a game against the New York Giants, Washington Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte celebrates by head-butting a padded wall adjacent to the end zone. Frerotte suffers a sprained neck and is removed from the game, sent to the hospital for evaluation.

1968: In the college football “Game of the Century,” the undefeated Harvard Crimson score 16 points on the undefeated Yale Bulldogs in the final 42 seconds and the contest ends in a tie. The miraculous rally inspires the following headline in the Harvard Crimson: “Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29.”

1963: Sixty-three elderly people—many of them bedridden—are killed during an early morning fire at Golden Age Nursing Home near Fitchville, Ohio. The tragedy makes national headlines, but is overshadowed by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which occurred the day before.