1815 Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena to spend the remainder of his life in exile
1844 Brigham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons, following the murder of Joseph Smith.
1944 Porn legend John Holmes is born. He dies in 1988.
1951 Author Randy Shilts (And The Band Played On: Politics, People, And The AIDS Epidemic) is born. He dies in 1994.
1963 Britain’s “Great Train Robbery” took place as thieves made off with 2.3 million British pounds.
1969 The famous photo of the Beatles‘ Abbey Road album cover was taken.
1973 Vice President Spiro Agnew branded as “damn lies” reports that he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland and vowed never to resign. However, he eventually did.
1974 Faced with impending impeachment over the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon announced in a nationally broadcast address that he would resign the next day.
1988 The Chicago Cubs’ first scheduled night game ever at Wrigley Field was rained out after three-and-a half innings.
1988 Actor Alan Napier (Alfred on TV’s Batman) dies at age 85.
2004 A Dave Matthews Band tour bus dumped 800 pounds of liquid waste off a bridge into the Chicago River, splattering a group of sightseers on a cruise. The driver of the bus was later charged with reckless conduct. The band cooperated in the investigation and donated $100,000 to organizations to help clean up the river.
2004 Actress Fay Wray (King Kong) dies at age 96.
2005 Actress Barbara Bel Geddes (Vertigo, Dallas) dies at age 82.