This Day in Failure: October 27

2008: Alaska’s Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, 84, is convicted of seven corruption charges related to free home renovations and other gifts he received from a wealthy oil contractor. Stevens had asked for an unusually speedy trial, hoping he’d be exonerated in time to return to Alaska and win re-election.

2004: The Boston Red Sox complete a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, giving the club its first championship since 1918.

1992: Shauna Howe, 11, is abducted while walking home from a Girl Scout Halloween party in Oil City, Pennsylvania, a small town 80 miles north of Pittsburgh. Three days later her battered body is found under a railroad trestle. The murder prompts the town to ban trick-or-treating for 16 years until a fifth-grader petitions the city council to bring back nighttime trick-or-treating in 2008.

1973: Virginia Tech allows four University of Alabama players to rush for 100-plus yards in the course of a 77-6 loss. Tech also allows the Crimson Tide to amass 743 yards rushing and 823 yards of total offense.

1879: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle predicts that pedestrianism (at the time, America's favorite spectator sport) would still be wildly popular a hundred years into the future, speculating that a six-day walking race in 1979 would attract two million fans, with the winner walking 1,095 miles and earning almost $100,000 in prize money. As it turns out, pedestrianism's golden age would be over by the summer of 1881.