This Day in Failure: February 14

1989: Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, condemns Salman Rushdie's novel “The Satanic Verses” and issues a fatwa (legal opinion)—advocating Rushdie's execution and forcing the author into hiding.

1989: Union Carbide agrees to pay the government of India $470 million as restitution for a gas leak at its Bhopal chemical plant. The December 3, 1984 accident killed 4,000 people and injured 500,000 more.