On this day in 1896, with its Plessy v. Ferguson decision, the Supreme Court endorses the concept of "separate but equal," a ruling that will be overturned 100 years later in the case of Olsen Twins v. Paramount Pictures.

On this day in 1926, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanishes while visiting a beach in Venice, California; she will reappear a month later, claiming to have been kidnapped. Skeptical observers say it is far more likely that she simply "vanished into thin air and then miraculously reappeared."

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