This Day in Failure: October 28

2008: A Department of Environmental Protection biologist pens a memo warning state officials that a 200-pound chimpanzee living at the home of Sandra Herold of Stamford, Connecticut, presents a danger to others, writing: “The animal [Travis] has reached adult maturity, is very large, and tremendously strong. I am concerned that if he feels threatened or if someone enters his territory, he could seriously hurt someone.” The note ends with the prophetic warning: “I would like to express the urgency of addressing this issue. It is an accident waiting to happen.” Connecticut officials fail to take action and less than four months later, 55-year-old Charla Nash is viciously attacked by the chimp. Nash loses her hands, nose, lips and eyelids in the attack.

2008: The U.S.’s consumer confidence index falls to 38, the lowest level—and the third-steepest drop (23.4 points)—for the index since the Consumer Research Center began tracking consumer sentiment in 1967.

1989: The Prairie View A&M University football team defeats Mississippi Valley State University, 21-12. The Panthers do not win another game until September 26, 1998, setting an NCAA record with 80 consecutive losses.

1919: Overriding President Woodrow Wilson’s veto, Congress passes the Volstead Act, providing for the enforcement of the Eighteenth (Prohibition) Amendment. The act fails to prevent the distribution of alcoholic beverages, and prohibition is repealed by the Twenty-First Amendment in 1933.