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Today is Day 249 of 2024

Louis XIV [Sun King] King of France born.

Tsar Peter the Great of Russia imposes a tax on beards with the exception of the clergy and peasants in an attempt to westernize the nobility.

The French National Convention declares "Let's make terror the order of the day!"
So begins the Reign of Terror begins during the French Revolution.


Outlaw Jesse James born in Centerville, Missouri (later renamed Kearney).

Sioux leader Crazy Horse was killed by a soldier while supposedly trying to escape from Fort Robinson in the Pine Ridge region of northwest Nebraska.

Journalist and author Arthur Koestler (Darkness at Noon) born in Budapest, Hungary.

Blues pianist Sunnyland Slim born in Vance, Mississippi.

Modern American composer John Cage born in Los Angeles.
He was a pioneer of indeterminacy in music which he said was "the ability of a piece to be performed in substantially different ways".

Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle attends a party in San Francisco which ends with the death of a young actress named Virginia Rappe.

Comedian Bob Newhart (Bob Newhart Show) born Oak Park, Illinois.

Film director Werner Herzog (Fitzcaraldo) born in Munich, Germany.

The Cold War begins with the defection of Igor Gouzenko, a Soviet Union embassy clerk, defects to Canada and exposes Soviet espionage in North America.

Queen singer Freddie Mercury (Bohemian Rhapsody) born in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar.

The roman à clef novel On the Road by Jack Kerouac is published by Viking Press.

Arab guerrillas attacked the Israeli delegation at the Munich Olympic games.
Eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team, five guerrillas, and a police officer were killed in the siege.

Lynette 'Squeaky ' Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson attempts to assasinate President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, CA.

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