This Day in Failure: April 7

2009: The NHL’s New York Islanders suffer a 9-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, making this the worst defeat in franchise history.

1990: A display of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs goes on display at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center. The center and its director are indicted on obscenity charges.

1972: National Guard helicopter pilot and former Army Green Beret Richard McCoy, Jr., hijacks United Airlines Flight 855 out of Denver. After collecting $500,000 and four parachutes in San Francisco, he bails out over Provo, Utah, where he lives. The day after he parachutes to safety he is called upon to take part in the search for the hijacker—that is, for himself. He is arrested less than 24 hours later, as he left fingerprints on the hijacked plane.

1969: Grand Prix racer Jim Clark, 32, is killed during a Formula Two race in Hockenheim, Germany, when his car mysteriously veers off the track and strikes a tree.