Today marks the anniversary of Ken Jennings, Jeopardy! superstar & America’s sweetheart, being defeated after a remarkable 74 game winning streak. Jennings made his first appearance on Jeopardy! in June 2004 and his loss aired on this date, November 30, in 2004.
Jennings’ run on Jeopardy! chiseled his name into the game show history books. He broke a number of records including highest American game show winnings total ($3.7 million), most appearances on a syndicated game show (81 episodes), and highest 5 consecutive game total on Jeopardy! ($221,200). His records even landed him a place in The Guinness Book of World Records under “most cash won on a game show.”
As a bit of trivia for you, here is the final Jeopardy! answer that led to Jennings’ ultimate demise. “Most of this firm’s 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year.” The question is posted in the comments below. (reference: history.com, wikipedia.org)