This Day in Failure: March 30

2020: “Trump, stop congratulating yourself! You’re a failure & you’ve mishandled this COVID-19 disaster! You’re not knowledgeable & you don’t know more than experts & generals. Your ignorance & incompetence are appalling & you continue to demonstrate that every time you open your mouth!”

—Rep. Maxine Waters, California, via Twitter


2008: At least 40 people suffer injuries at WrestleMania XXIV at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl Stadium after a pyrotechnic malfunction causes hot embers from a fireworks display to fall into the crowd.

2004: During a radio interview on WXYT-AM (Detroit, Michigan) former Heisman Trophy winner and Notre Dame graduate Paul Hornung suggests that his alma mater needs to “ease it up a little bit” on its academic standards to “get the black athlete. We must get the black athlete if we're going to compete,” said Hornung.

1867: The U.S. purchases Alaska from Russia at a cost of two cents an acre, yet the deal is ridiculed as [Secretary of State] “Seward's Folly.”