16 October 1859
On this date in 1859...
John Brown and 21 armed northern terrorists took 60 hostages and seized the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia.
- 1925 - The Texas State School Board prohibited the teaching of evolution.
- 1954 - Elvis Presley first appeared on the Louisiana Hayride show in Shreveport, Louisiana.
- 1957 - Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visited Williamsburg, Virginia.
- 1987 - After a 58 hour ordeal, rescuers freed Jessica McClure from the abandoned well that she had fallen into in Midland, Texas.
- 1991 - George Jo Hennard, age 35, killed 23 people then himself & wounded 20 others at a Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas.
- 1997 - Charles Schulz and his wife Jeannie announced that they would give $1 million toward the construction of a D-Day memorial to be placed in Virginia.
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