German novelist Herman Hesse (Steppenwolf) born in Calw, Germany.
President James Garfield is shot by a disappointed office seeker named Charles Guiteau in a Washington, D.C. train station.
Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin flies his self named dirigible over Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Amelia Earhart is lost near Howland Island in the South Pacific as she attempted a round-the-world flight.
Nazi puppet state of Vichy France was established with World War I hero Marshal Pétain as the head of state.
A UFO crashes in a farm field near Roswell, New Mexico. An Army press conference asserted the debris to be that of a weather balloon.
Singer-songwriter Greg Brown born in Fairfield, Iowa.
The worst film ever made - Plan 9 From Outer Space, is premiered by director Ed Wood, Jr.
American author Ernest Hemingway died by his own hand at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.
The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.
Larry Walters uses 45 helium balloons and a lawnchair to fly 16,000 feet above Los Angeles, California.
Actress, Oven stuffer and trouble with a captal T, Lindsay Lohan born in New York City.
The eternal flame at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France burned for 77 years until it was extinguished by drunken Mexican soccer fan Rodrigo Rafael Ortega who decided to piss on the memorial commemorating the dead of World War I.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
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