This Day in Failure: February 29

2020: “If you are healthy [and you get coronavirus], you will go through a process and you will be fine.”

--U.S. president Donald Trump, seeking to downplay the lethality of COVID-19

1952: Owen Lattimore, one of the most famous figures of the Red Scare in the United States during the 1950s, testifies before a Senate subcommittee that he might have been inaccurate in some of his earlier testimony. Lattimore is charged with perjury but after a long legal battle the charges are dropped due to lack of evidence and lack of public support for continuing the witchhunts of Senator Joseph McCarthy.