This Day in Failure: February 14

2020: “We have a very small number of [cases of conoravirus] in the country, right now, with it. It’s like around 12. Many of them are getting better. Some are fully recovered already. So we’re in very good shape.”
—U.S. president Donald Trump, via Twitter, on the soon-to-explode conoravirus outbreak, which goes on to spread across the country and cause widespread deaths and economic damage.

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.