This Day in Failure: October 18

2009: The New England Patriots defeat the Tennessee Titans 59-0, matching the largest margin of defeat in the NFL since the 1970 merger. (The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Atlanta Falcons by the same score on December 4, 1976.)

2009: The Washington Redskins become the first team in NFL history to play against a winless team for six consecutive weeks. On this day the Skins lose to the 0-5 Kansas City Chiefs 14-6.

2008: A power outage at TBS network’s broadcast facility in Atlanta blacks out television coverage of most of the first inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. When the broadcast finally gets underway, the Rays already lead 1-0. The Red Sox go on to win the game 4-2, forcing a Game 7.

2002: French skyscraper climber Alain Robert fails in his second attempt to climb London’s 800-foot-tall Canary Wharf Tower, reaching the 35th floor (without the assistance of ropes, safety nets or other climbing equipment) before wind and rain prevent him from advancing further. He is rescued by a Canary Wharf staffer, lowered to the ground in a window cleaning cradle. It marks only the second time in his “urban climbing” career that he has to be rescued while attempting to scale a tall man-made structure.

1931: Thomas Alva Edison, the great inventor and experimenter who once said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up,” is found dead at his home at the age of eighty-four. The inventor of the phonograph and the light bulb had over 1,093 patents to his credit.