This Day in Failure: April 29

2015: In the wake of looting and rioting in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray (a twenty-five-year-old African-American who died of a spinal injury while in police custody), the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles play a game behind closed doors at Camden Yards. It’s the first time in Major League Baseball history that a game is played without any fans in attendance—the decision to play the (afternoon) game in an empty stadium driven by safety considerations and the city’s 10 pm to 5 am curfew. The game is won by the Orioles, 8-2.

2004: The State Department issues a report that concludes terrorism is on the decline worldwide. Senior Bush administration officials use the report as evidence the war on terror is being won under Bush, but Representative Henry Waxman (California) challenges the findings contending they were manipulated for political purposes. On June 13 Secretary of State Colin Powell admits the report was inaccurate, saying, “It's a numbers error. It's not a political judgment that said, ‘Let's see if we can cook the books.’ We can't get away with that now....”

2004: The last car manufactured by Oldsmobile—a metallic cherry red Alero—rolls off a Lansing, Michigan, assembly line, marking the death of the 106-year-old car company.

1988: The Baltimore Orioles set a new major league baseball record, opening the season with 21 consecutive losses.