In San Francisco, Joshua A. Norton declares himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico."
Battle of Antietam bloodiest day of the American Civil War
Poet/physician William Carlos Williams born in Rutherford, New Jersey.
so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens.
Country singer-songwriter Hank Williams (I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry) born in Butler County, Alabama.
Artist Frida Kahlo is in a serious bus accident on her way home from school.
She spends a considerable time in bed where she take up painting to pass the time.
Author Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) born in La Junta, Colorado.
Editorial cartoonist Jeff MacNelly born in New York City.
William Golding's first novel, The Lord of the Flies, published.
The Fugitive premiered on ABC-TV.
The XXIV Summer Olympics begin in Seoul, South Korea.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days