This Day in Failure: November 9

2008: Rev. Jay Scott Newman, a priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, South Carolina, issues a letter telling parishioners who voted for Barack Obama to refrain from receiving Holy Communion because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion. In part the letter says: “Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exists constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil, and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ’s Church and under the judgment of divine law. Persons in this condition should not receive Holy Communion until and unless they are reconciled to God in the Sacrament of Penance, lest they eat and drink their own condemnation.”

2003: With the Carolina Panthers leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-14 in the fourth quarter of a game at Ericsson Stadium, Panthers fan Joe Muscarello (aka the “Carolina Prowler”) is named “Fan of the Game” and provided with a microphone to address the crowd over the public-address system. The crowd cheers wildly when Muscarello calls out Bucs players Simeon Rice and Warren Sapp for guaranteeing a victory over the Panthers, but fellow fans turn on him when Rice subsequently registers two sacks and Tampa Bay takes a 24-20 lead. Fearing for his personal safety, Muscarello is forced to leave the stadium with his nine-year-old son before the Panthers come back to win 27-24.

1965: One of the largest power failures in history occurs when a major transmission line in Canada fails, setting off a chain reaction that brings down the entire Northeastern power grid. Thirty million people in eight U.S. states and parts of two Canadian provinces are left without electricity for up to 14 hours.