This Day in Failure: October 17

2008: The Wall Street Journal publishes an article with the headline: “Surveys Split on Who Has Lead in Presidential Race,” despite the fact that the article acknowledges that “Sen. Obama leads in every national poll....” After the fact, the headline of the online version of the piece is changed to: “Some Surveys Indicate Tighter Presidential Race.”

2008: Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann appears on MSNBC’s Hardball and tells host Chris Matthews that she is “very concerned” that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has “anti-American views.” Before the program airs, Bachmann is favored to win a second term, but her remarks draw condemnation and help her opponent, Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg, raise more than $1 million in just a few days. Later, she tells the St. Cloud Times (Minnesota) that she “made a big mistake” by going on Hardball.

2002: With five minutes left in an NHL game between the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames at Calgary’s Pengrowth Saddledome, a nearly-naked man (wearing only red socks) climbs over the glass and onto the ice. The streaker soon slips, hits his head on the ice, and is knocked unconscious. After a six-minute delay paramedics cart the 20-year-old man away on a stretcher to the cheers of thousands of fans.

1989: A 7.1-magnitude earthquake centered near Loma Prieta Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains rocks the San Francisco Bay Area, killing 67 people and causing more than $5 billion in damages. Most of the victims are motorists who were driving on the lower level of the Nimitz Expressway when the upper level collapsed onto their cars.

1960: Fourteen contestants and two producers of the television game show Twenty-One are arrested for perjury. They had previously stated before a grand jury that they had no knowledge of the quiz show providing contestants with questions and answers. The hearings were ordered after former contestant, Herbert Stemple, stated that he was ordered by producers to answer incorrectly.