Cartoonist Otto Messmer (Felix the Cat) born in Union City, New Jersey.
Poet, artist, and patron of the Surrealist movement, Edward James born in Andernach, England.
He created Las Pozas (The Pools), a surrealistic home and garden near the village of Xilitla, San Luis PotosÍ in the sub-tropical rain forest of Mexico.
Writer and fiction editor for The New Yorker (1936-1975) William Keepers Maxwell, Jr. born in Lincoln, Illinois.
Poet/writer Charles Bukowski born Andernach, Germany.
Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is hit in the head by Yanks' Carl Mays.
He died 12 hours later becoming the only on-field fatality at a major league baseball game.
Charlie Chaplin's film The Gold Rush opens.
Poet Lew Welch born in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Dole Air Race begins from Oakland, California.
The object is to fly a fixed-wing aircraft to Honolulu, Hawaii.
Six out of the eight participating planes crash or disappear.
Jazz pianist Bill Evans (Sunday at the Village Vanguard) born in Plainfield, New Jersey.
Blues singer Robert L. Johnson dies mysteriously in Greenwood, Miss.
Legendary baseball player Babe Ruth dies in New York at 53.
Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, dies in Atlanta after being struck by a taxi.
Singer and actress Madonna born in Bay City, Michigan.
Joe Kittinger jumps from helium filled balloon from 102,800 feet setting the worlds record for the longest parachute jump.
Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as the Beatles' drummer.
The King - Elvis Presley dies in Memphis, Tennessee.
As we rock-n-proles say, "He was just a guy lovn' to sing".
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
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