Birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins of Lord of the Rings fame.
English playwright Ben Jonson takes part in a duel and kills actor Gabriel Spenser.
Jonson is charged with manslaughter to which he pleads guilty.
He is released by benefit of clergy which entails reciting the 51st Psalm (the neck-verse) and being branded on his left thumb.
Nathan Hale hanged for spying on the British.
Quoth the hangee, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country".
The the first day of the French Republican Calendar.
Joseph Smith claims the Angel Moroni directed him to a place where Golden plates were buried at the Hill Cumorah.
President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation declares that persons held as slaves in areas in rebellion against the United States would be free as of 1 January 1963.
Richard Wagner's Das Rheingold, the first of four operas in Der Ring des Nibelungen, is performed for the first time in Munich.
Film director/actor Erich von Stroheim (Greed) born in Vienna, Austria.
German writer Erich Maria Remarque (All Quiet on the Western Front) born in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, Germany.
The Long Count occurs during the Dempsey/Tunney fight, when boxer Gene Tunney was knocked down but the champion, Jack Dempsey, didn't return to his corner.
By the time the ref was able to resume counting, Tunney was able to get to his feet.
Tunney won the fight and took the world championship away from Dempsey.
KTVK TV channel 3 in Phoenix, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. debuted on NBC-TV.
The Paul Is Dead controversy begins when Illinois University newspaper runs an article with the headline Clues Hint At Beatle Death.
A the second asassination attempt made against President Gerald Ford in less than three weeks.
The president is shot at in San Francisco, California, by Sara Jane Moore.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
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