2020: On a day in which several thousand Americans die from the coronavirus, U.S. president Donald Trump appears to confuse the viral disease with a bacterial infection, the latter of which can be treated with antibiotics. Asked by a journalist about the level of testing for the coronavirus, the president answered: “This is a very brilliant enemy…. Antibiotics used to solve every problem. Now one of the biggest problems the world has is the germ has gotten so brilliant that the antibiotic can’t keep up with it.”
2020: The XFL suspends operations and lays off nearly all of its staff, indicating the league has no plans to return in 2021. The league had already canceled its inaugural season after five games as part of a sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The XFL becomes the second spring football league in as many years to cease operations before completing its first season; the Alliance of American Football ran out of money in 2019 and closed after eight weeks of play.
2016: During the fourth and final round of the 2016 Masters at Augusta National, defending champion and tournament leader Jordan Spieth hits two balls into the water at the par-3 12th hole (Golden Bell), carding a quadruple bogey seven, which costs him the chance to repeat as Masters champion. Spieth, 22, loses the tournament by three strokes to Englishman Danny Willett.
2010: Polish president Lech Kaczynski is killed along with 96 others when his Tupolev-154 military plane crashes in heavy fog as it approaches the runway at Smolensk, Russia. Kaczynski’s wife Maria, several top military officials, and Slawomir Skrzypek (head of Poland’s national bank), also perish in the accident. Kaczynski had been traveling with the Polish delegation for the 70th anniversary of the Russian massacre of Polish prisoners of war in the village of Katyn.
2010: During a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins, the Carolina Hurricanes allow three shorthanded goals in a span of sixty-four seconds, setting an NHL record for the three quickest shorthanded goals allowed. The Hurricanes also become the first NHL team to give up three shorthanded goals on the same penalty kill.
2008: CBS cancels its celebrity-based reality show The Secret Talents of the Stars after just one episode. The program—which features a lineup of celebrities competing to determine who has the best unknown talent—attracts a mere 4.6 million viewers during its premiere.
1963: The nuclear-powered submarine U.S.S. Thresher suffers a catastrophic structural failure after falling below its crush depth while conducting deep-diving exercises 200 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. Everyone aboard the sub perishes in the accident.