A president is shot, Cal Ripken Jr. breaks an unbreakable record, and the world mourns the passing of a princess, all on this day.
1966: South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid, is stabbed to death during a parliamentary meeting in Cape Town. His assassin, a uniformed parliamentary messenger named Dimitri Tsafendas, escaped the death penalty on the grounds of insanity.
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