This Day in Failure, January 23
2009: High winds topple an 82-foot-high purple beech tree that had been planted for Marie Antoinette at Versailles Palace in 1786. It was one of the last surviving trees in a hamlet dedicated to the former queen.
1964: Dr. James Hardy and 11 other doctors transplant the heart of a chimpanzee into the body of a 64-year-old man. It’s the first time a human organ is replaced with an animal equivalent. The patient dies 90 minutes after the procedure, but the lessons learned from the operation prove invaluable in refining the transplant process.
1944: The Detroit Red Wings defeat the New York Rangers by a score of 15-0, setting NHL records for largest margin of victory and most consecutive goals in a game.