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1374
A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance occurs in the streets of Aachen, Germany.
People begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from utter exhaustion.

1842

Writer Ambrose Bierce (The Devil's Dictionary) born in Horse Cave Creek in Meigs County, Ohio.
He goes missing in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution.
This is the basis for Carlos Fuentes' book The Old Gringo.

1850

1st Earl Kitchener, Irish field marshal and politician, Governor-General of Sudan, Herbert Kitchener born in Ballylongford, Ireland.

1894
Fourth president of the Third Republic, Marie Francois Sadi Carnot is assassinated by anarchist Sante Geronimo Caserio.
Caserio stabbed the President with a dagger in the chest following a banquet.

1895
Heavyweight Boxing champion Jack Dempsey born in Manassa, Colorado.

1901

Basketball player and salesman Chuck Taylor born in Brown County, Indiana.
He is the name behind the Converse All-Stars basketball shoe.

1916
Poet, translator, and etymologist John Ciardi born in Boston.

1947
First modern sighting of UFO when Kenneth Arnold saw nine luminous disks in the form of saucers flying above the U.S. state of Washington.

Drummer and co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwoodborn in Reruth, England.


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