President James Garfield died of a gunshot wound inflicted by a disappointed office seeker the previous July 2.
Bruno Hauptmann was arrested for the Lindbergh baby kidnap-murder.
The United States conducted its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert.
Gov. Ross Barnett blocked James Meredith from enrolling in the University of Mississippi.
The Mexico City area was struck by the first of two devastating earthquakes that claimed thousands of lives. The second earthquake hit 36 hours later.
U.S. troops entered Haiti to enforce the return of exiled president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
The Pentagon ordered combat aircraft to the Persian Gulf following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
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