English philosopher, artist, social reformer & poet William Morris born in Walthamstow, England.
Escapologist Harry Houdini born in Budapest, Hungary.
Silent film comedian Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle born in Smith Center, Kansas.
His career was ruined in 1921 when embroiled in a sex and murder scandal.
Criminal Clyde Barrow who, with Bonnie Parker, terrorized midwest in the 1930s as 'Bonnie and Clyde', born.
Poet, publisher & founder of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco Lawrence Ferlinghetti born in Yonkers, New York.
Actor Steve McQueen (The Great Escape) born in Beech Grove, Indiana.
Singer and pianist Billy Stewart born in Washinton DC.
The Great Escape occurs at German prison camp Stalag Luft III when 76 Allied prisoners break out.
Elvis Presley is drafted into the U.S. Army.
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