This Day in Failure: November 7

2000: Republican candidate John Ashcroft loses the Missouri Senate election to Mel Carnahan by 48,000 votes, making Ashcroft the first person in U.S. history to lose a Senatorial race to a dead man. Carnahan was killed three weeks before the election in a small plane crash.

1940: The Tacoma Narrows bridge—connecting the Olympic peninsula with the mainland of Washington state—twists apart in a 40 mph wind. Opened just a few months earlier, the bridge had already earned the nickname Galloping Gertie because of its tendency to undulate in the wind.