This Day in Failure: March 22

2009: Ball State defeats the two-time defending national champion Lady Volunteers in the opening round of the women’s NCAA basketball tournament, making Tennessee the first defending champ in tourney history to lose its opening game. Before falling to the twelfth-seeded Cardinals, 71-55, Tennessee had never lost a game in the first two rounds, posting a record of 42-0. It’s also the Vols’ first tourney loss to a team seeded lower than #4, having been 51-0 against teams seeded between #5 and #16.

2002: The Associated Press obtains a document distributed by South Africa’s ruling African National Congress that questions the existence of AIDS, claims that HIV tests are ineffective, and condemns AIDS medications as poisonous.

1978: Karl Wallenda, 73, patriarch of the Flying Wallendas high-wire troop, is killed attempting to walk a wire between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1973: A pair of Norwegian bulk carriers—the Norse Variant and the Anita—disappear without a trace off the coast of New Jersey, sunk during a storm characterized by fifty-foot waves and sixty-knot winds. Only one of the sixty-three men aboard the two massive ships survives; he is found floating in the North Atlantic 120 miles from where the Norse Variant went down.