Today at noon is the midpoint of a common year and at midnight the midpoint of a leap year.
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.
The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.
Fashion designer Pierre Cardin born San Biagio di Callalta, Italy.
Former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos born In Manilla, Philippines.
She is known for the sobriquet 'Marie Antoinette, with shoes.'
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 crashed in a farm field near Roswell, New Mexico.
An Army press conference asserted the debris to be that of a weather balloon.
The worst film ever made - Plan 9 From Outer Space, premiered by director Ed Wood, Jr.
American author Ernest Hemingway dies by his own hand at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.
Larry Walters uses 45 helium balloons and a lawnchair to fly 16,000 feet above Los Angeles, California.
The eternal flame at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France burned for 77 years until it was extinguished by drunken soccer fan Rodrigo Rafael Ortega who decided to piss on the memorial commemorating the dead of World War I.