This Day in Failure, January 18
2011: Women’s tennis pro Dinara Safina suffers the worst loss ever by a former No. 1 player, a 6-0, 6-0 “double bagel” defeat at the hands of Kim Clijsters during the first round of the Australian Open.
2008: Golfweek magazine fires editor Dave Seanor after the weekly magazine uses the image of a swinging noose on its cover to illustrate a report on comments made in reference to Tiger Woods. Two weeks earlier Golf Channel host Kelly Tilghman had jokingly suggested that young players faced with the challenge of Tiger Woods “lynch him in a back alley.”
2002: A Canadian Pacific train loaded with hazardous material jumps the tracks in Minot, North Dakota, sending 31 cars crashing onto the land. Seven of the cars rupture, allowing an estimated 290,000 gallons of anhydrous ammonia to seep into the soil and contaminate the Souris River. One person is killed and hundreds of others are sickened by the fumes.
2002: In a classic case of living up to one’s name, rapper C-Murder (real name: Corey Miller) is arrested for the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy and charged with second-degree murder.
1991: Eastern Airlines is forced to liquidate its assets after more than 60 years in business.
1912: British explorer Robert F. Scott reaches the South Pole after a two month journey only to discover that Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had arrived a month earlier. All five members of Scott’s team die on the return trip to Britain.