This Day in Failure: October 10

2008: A bipartisan legislative panel releases a 263-page report which concludes that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as Alaska governor, finding her in violation of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act, a state law that prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain. The investigation also reveals that Palin’s husband, Todd, had extraordinary access to the governor’s office and her closest advisers.

2008: The Albany Times-Union reports that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s last name is spelled “Osama” on absentee ballots mailed out to voters in Rensselaer County, New York. “It was a mistake innocently done,” says Edward McDonough, the county’s Democratic elections commissioner. “We have three different staff members who proof these things and somehow the typo got by us,” claims Republican Commissioner Larry Bugbee. “We really apologize.”

2008: A hot air balloon (the Wings of Wind) crashes into power lines and bursts into flames during Albuquerque, New Mexico’s annual balloon fiesta, throwing two men to the ground, killing one of them. During the 2007 festival, a 60-year-old woman fell to her death and three other women were hospitalized after their balloon snagged a power line. And in 1982, four people died when propane tanks on a large balloon exploded. Fatalities were also experienced in 1990, 1993 and 1998.

2008: MillerCoors LLC ceases production of the clear malt beverage Zima (est. 1992) due to “challenging malternative segment sales and declining consumer interest.”

1987: The Columbia University Lions football team loses 38-8 to Princeton, setting an NCAA record for consecutive defeats (35). A year later, Columbia upsets Princeton, snapping the Lions’ 44-game losing streak.

1978: The bill authorizing the creation of the Susan B. Anthony dollar is signed by U.S. president Jimmy Carter. The coin proves to be so unpopular that the supply from the original print run lasts over two decades.

1972: The NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers are defeated by the Chicago Bulls 95-89, the first of 15 consecutive losses to open Philadelphia’s 1972-73 season. During the year, the 76ers also endure losing streaks of 14 and 20 games, before closing out the season with a 13 game losing skid and finishing 9-73.