This Day in Failure: January 11

2009: During an AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, the San Diego Chargers set a record for fewest offensive plays in any quarter in a playoff game since the dawn of the NFL’s Super Bowl era in 1966. The Chargers run only one play on offense in the third quarter, and possess the ball for just 17 seconds during the 15-minute quarter. The lone offensive play results in an interception of San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers, whose pass is tipped by Steelers’ defensive end Brett Keisel and intercepted by linebacker Larry Foote.

2000: “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?” —George W. Bush, Florence, South Carolina

1973: Major League Baseball’s American League adopts the designated hitter rule on a trial basis. The DH rule later becomes permanent, much to the chagrin of baseball purists.

1964: U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry and the Surgeon General’s Committee on Smoking and Health release a report stating that cigarette smoking is a health hazard. The report is issued on a Saturday to minimize its impact on the stock market and to ensure that it receives coverage in Sunday newspapers.