This Day in Failure: January 7

2009: The U.S. Army’s Human Resources Command Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Center apologizes for sending 7,000 letters addressed to “John Doe” to relatives of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The letters were intended to inform family members about organizations that offer assistance to those who lost relatives in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. “There are no words to adequately apologize for this mistake, or for the hurt it may have caused,” said Brig. Gen. Reuben Jones, the Army’s adjutant general, in a statement issued on this day.

2008: Savannah State’s men’s basketball team sets NCAA records for fewest points (4) and worst field goal percentage (4.3%) in a half during an 85-25 loss to Kansas State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas.

1990: Eight-hundred years into its existence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Torre Pendente Di Pisa) in Italy is closed to the public. Its accelerated rate of leaning raises fears for the safety of its visitors. The tower is reopened on December 15, 2001.

1972: The NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers are defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks 120-104, ending the Lakers’ 33-game winning streak, a record for the longest winning streak in professional sports.

1892: An inexperienced worker accidentally triggers a massive explosion in the Osage Coal & Mining Company’s No. 11 mine in Krebs, Oklahoma, killing nearly 100 workers and seriously injuring 150 more.