The first Arbor Day is celebrated, the Titanic sets sail, "The Great Gatsby" is published, Paul McCartney quits The Beatles, and the U.S. and China engage in "ping-pong diplomacy," all on this day.
1992: Comedian Sam Kinison dies at the age of 38 when a pickup truck slams into his car on a desert road outside Needles, Calif., between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. At the time of the collision, Kinison was traveling to Laughlin, Nev., to perform at a sold-out show. A former Pentecostal preacher, Kinison was known for stand-up routines characterized by an intense style punctuated by his trademark scream.
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