American author, short story writer, essayist, poet, travel book writer, biographer, and columnist, Washington Irving (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow) born in New York.
The first successful Pony Express run made from Saint Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California.
Jesse James shot by the Coward Bob Ford at St. Joseph, Missouri.
Cartoonist Bud Fisher (Mutt & Jeff) born in Chicago, Illinois.
The first of eleven unsolved brutal murders of women committed in the impoverished Whitechapel district in the East End of London.
Some or all of which were attributed to Jack the Ripper.
Fan Dancer Sally Rand born in Hickory County, Missouri.
Newspaper columnist Herb Caen born in Sacramento, California.
He wrote his column for almost 60 years in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Actor Marlon Brando born in Omaha, Nebraska.
Soviet sniper Roza Shanina born in Yedma, Russia.
Suspected "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski is captured at his cabin in Montana.
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