During the playing of the national anthem at the Theatre Royal, James Hadfield fires a pistol at King George III of the United Kingdom.
Hadfield is later acquitted of the assassination atempt by reason of insanity.
Writer L. Frank Baum (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) born in Chittenango, New York.
Poet Emily Dickinson dies in Amherst, Massachusetts, having not left home since 1865.
Upon her request, her coffin was carried through fields of buttercups for burial in the family plot.
She was 55.
Writer Katherine Anne Porter born Indian Creek, Texas.
Artist Jasper Johns was born Augusta, Georgia.
Photographer Richard Avedon born in New York.
Joe DiMaggio began his major-league baseball record 56 game hitting streak.
Musician Brian Peter George St. Jean le Baptiste de la Salle Eno born in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England.
The final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut Gordon Cooper is launched.
Arthur Bremer shoots Alabama Govenor George Wallace in a Maryland shopping mall.
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