Today is Day 181 of 2023
King Henry II of France is mortally wounded in a jousting match against Gabriel de Montgomery.
English poet and playwright John Gay (The Beggar's Opera) born Barnstaple, England.
Tightrope performer Charles Blondin becomes the first to cross Niagara Falls on a rope.
Assassin Charles J. Guiteau is hanged for the assassination of U.S. President James Garfield.
As a last request, Guiteau recites his poem 'I am Going to the Lordy' from the scaffold.
Poet Czeslaw Milosz born in Szetejnie, Lithuania.
Hitler purges the Nazi party of hundreds of SA stormtroopers in what was called Night of the Long Knives.
Folk singer and guitarist Dave Van Ronk born in Brooklyn, New York.
The first Corvette is produced by Chevrolet.
A TWA airliner collided with a United airliner over the Grand Canyon, with 128 fatalities.
Nineteen members Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters die trying to control a wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona.
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