On this day in 1566, French astrologer, physician and prophet Nostradamus dies unexpectedly, just as he had predicted.

On this day in 1881, President Garfield is shot by Charles J. Guiteau, a disappointed office seeker—he was seeking the corner office.

On this day in 1947, an object crashes near Roswell, N.M. The U.S. military insists it's a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts give rise to speculation it may have been a weather balloon from another planet.

On this day in 1976, the Supreme Court rules the death penalty is not inherently cruel or unusual; however, a sentence of "life in the electric chair" is considered a bit much.

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