With the death of Elizabeth I, James VI of Scotland becomes James I of England and Ireland.
Mormon leader Joseph Smith is tar and feathered In Hiram, Ohio.
English philosopher, artist, social reformer & poet William Morris born in Walthamstow, England.
Soldier, geologist, and explorer John Wesley Powell born in Mount Morris, New York.
Powell lead the first officiial expedition through the Grand Canyon.
Painter Frank Weston Benson born in Salem, Massachusetts.
Escapologist Harry Houdini born in Budapest, Hungary.
Photographer Edward Weston (Nautilus) born in Highland Park, Illinois.
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.
Psychotherapist Wilhelm Reich born in Dobzau, Austria-Hungary.
Animator and cartoonist Ub Iwerks born in Kansas City, Missouri.
He was the co-creator of Mickey Mouse.
Criminal Clyde Barrow who, with Bonnie Parker, terrorized midwest in the 1930s as 'Bonnie and Clyde', born.
American animator, director, Joseph Barbera born in Manhattan, New York.
He co-founded Hanna-Barbera animation studio along with partner William Hanna.
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.
Archbishop Óscar Romero is assassinated during Mass in San Salvador, El Salvador.
A truck carrying margarine and flour catches fire inside the Mont Blanc Tunnel.
38 people lost their lives.
Germanwings Flight 9525 crashes into the French Alps killing all 150 people on board.
Murder-suicide by the co-pilot was the reason.
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