This Day in Failure: April 14

2012: The father of a University of Alabama football player trips and accidentally shatters the school’s recently-won BCS Championship football trophy, which was on display in the athletic building following the team’s annual A-Day scrimmage. Alabama won the $30,000 Waterford Crystal trophy by defeating Louisiana State University in the Allstate BCS National Championship game on January 9, 2012.

2009: On CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, Minneapolis radio host Chris Baker gleefully trumpets that “the craziest expenditure [of economic stimulus funds] I’ve seen so far is [Governor] Ed Rendell … hiring comics, magicians, and mimes … to cheer up the people of Pennsylvania.” Baker apparently obtained his information from an April 1 editorial by The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which, in an April Fools’ joke, said that Rendell was going to spend $15 million to hire street performers in hopes of changing the mood in the state.

2004: Liberal radio network Air America is yanked off the air in two of its six markets just two weeks after its debut. The owner of stations in Chicago and Los Angeles, Multicultural Radio Broadcasting, claims Air America owes the firm more than $1 million.

2002: After toiling in the minor leagues for eight years, Seattle Mariners DH Ron Wright makes his major league debut against the Texas Rangers. In three plate appearances, Wright strikes out, grounds into a double play and hits into a triple play. The Mariners ship him back to the minors the following day and he never returns to the majors.

1968: Bob Goalby is crowned Masters champion at Augusta National Golf Club after Roberto DeVicenzo returns an incorrect scorecard following the final round. DeVicenzo’s card, authored by playing partner Tommy Aaron, credits him with a par 4 on the 17th hole instead of the birdie he earned. As a result, Goalby wins the tournament by a single stroke.

1865: U.S. president Abraham Lincoln is mortally wounded inside Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. by John Wilkes Booth. Earlier in the day, Lincoln had OK’d a proposal to create the Secret Service.