This Day in Failure: April 2

2020: The U.S. Labor Department reports that 6.64 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance in the week ending the previous Saturday, a second consecutive weekly record and more than double the previous week’s total, which itself reflected filings that more than quadrupled the previous record.

2020: Seeking to downplay an intensifying economic downturn as “an artificial closing,” U.S. President Donald Trump says, “It’s not like we have a massive recession or worse.” This after the Labor Department reports that more than 6.6 million Americans filed jobless claims the previous week, bringing the two-week total to 10 million.

2020: Grupo Modelo says it will temporarily stop brewing Corona beer (and other brands) after its business activities are declared non-essential under a government order aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus in Mexico. The announcement comes in the wake of the Mexican government’s declaration of a national health emergency.

2019: During a meeting with NATO’s secretary general, President Donald Trump confuses his father and grandfather when referring to his German ancestry. “I have great respect for Angela, and I have great respect for the country,” said Trump, referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “My father is German, was German, and born in a very wonderful place in Germany, and so I have a great feeling for Germany…” Trump's father, Fred, was born in New York City. The president’s grandfather, Friedrich, was born in Germany.

2019: White House spokesman Hogan Gidley twice refers to Puerto Rico as “that country” during an MSNBC television appearance in which he defends a series of tweets by President Donald Trump where the president lashed out at leaders of the U.S. territory.

1990: Duke University’s men’s basketball team is defeated by UNLV 103-73, making this the eighth consecutive Final Four appearance for the Blue Devils in which they fail to win a national championship. On this day, the Blue Devils also become the first team to allow more than 100 points in a championship game, and the 30-point margin of defeat is the largest in championship game history.