This Day in Failure: February 28

2020: “Now the democrats are politicizing the coronavirus, and this is their new hoax.”
—U.S. President Donald Trump

2004: Gigli becomes the first movie in the 24-year history of the annual Golden Raspberry Awards to take all six “top” Razzies, “winning” worst picture, worst actor (Ben Affleck), worst actress (Jennifer Lopez), worst screen couple, worst director and worst screenplay (filmmaker Martin Brest). Gigli cost $54 million to make but earned back only $6 million.

2004: The Bow Mariner, a 570-foot tanker carrying 3.5 million gallons of industrial ethanol explodes and sinks 50 miles off the coast of Virginia, killing 21 of the 27 crew members.

2002: A federal bankruptcy judge approves a deal allowing PSINet Inc. to remove its name from the Baltimore Ravens’ football stadium. The agreement terminates a 20-year, $105 million contract that gave PSINet the right to name the stadium.

1993: U.S. federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raid the compound of the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas. In the ensuing gun battle four agents and six cultists are killed. The initial encounter results in a seven-week standoff and makes Branch Davidian leader David Koresh a household name.

1844: Secretary of State Abel Parker Upshur, Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer and four others are killed during a demonstration of the “Peacemaker,” a massive—and apparently defective—27,000 pound cannon aboard the U.S.S. Princeton. Another member of President John Tyler's cabinet, William Wilkins, would likely have been another victim, save for the fact that he distanced himself from the gun moments before the third and final shot: “Though secretary of war, I do not like this firing and believe I shall move out of the way,” he is reported to have remarked.