This Day in Failure: March 9

2020: On this day, Trish Regan, host of the Fox Business show Trish Regan Primetime, suggests that the COVID-19 coronavirus is a politically motivated “scam”—a partisan attempt by Democrats to hurt President Donald Trump. “This is yet another attempt to impeach the president, and sadly, it seems they care very little about any of the destruction they are leaving in their wake,” she says. Later the same month, on March 27, Fox “parts ways” with Regan in what appears to be part of a larger effort to limit legal liability from putting viewers at risk by dismissing the seriousness of the coronavirus.

2009: St. Mary’s men’s basketball team starts a college basketball game behind 1-0 after incurring a technical foul when one of its players dunks during warmups, a violation of NCAA rules. The Gaels go on to lose to Gonzaga 83-58.

2002: Three people are killed and two are critically injured when scaffolding falls from the 43rd floor of the John Hancock building in Chicago, Illinois. Unusually high winds are considered to be the cause of the accident.

1982: Guitarist Randy Rhoads is killed in a small plane accident when the pilot crashes the plane into a house while attempting to “buzz” Ozzy Osbourne’s tour bus.