1871, the Great Chicago Fire began, when, according to legend, Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a lantern in her barn. Over 250 people died and 17,450 buildings were destroyed by the fire.
1934Bruno Hauptman was indicted for the murder of Charles Lindbergh‘s infant son.
1948 Ramones founder and guitarist Johnny Ramone is born. He dies in 2004.
1956Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, as his New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0 at Yankee Stadium in the fifth game of the Series. Larsen was known more for his partying than his pitching, and it was therefore famously said by sportswriter Dick Young, “The imperfect man just threw a perfect game.”
1967, a Bolivian guerrilla force led by Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara was defeated in a skirmish with a the Bolivian army. Guevara was captured and executed the next day.
1968 “Mama” Cass Elliot of the Mamas & the Papas opens a six-week solo engagement at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. On the first night, she suffers a throat hemorrhage and collapses, and quickly undergoes major throat surgery. The shows are canceled.
1987, Chuck Berry receives a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, the same day his film Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll premieres.
2001President George W. Bush announces that the Office of Homeland Security has been established.
2002 Bounce by Bon Jovi is released.
2012Hugo Chavez is re-elected for a fourth term as president of Venezuela.

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