This Day in Failure: February 21

2001: “You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.” —George W. Bush, Townsend, Tennessee

1988: In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart confesses to his congregation that he is guilty of an unspecified sin and announces that he is temporarily leaving the pulpit.

1975: Former U.S. attorney general John Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are sentenced to prison terms for their roles in the Watergate cover-up.