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.
1921: Actor Chuck Connors, best known for his role in the TV Western "The Rifleman" (seen here at right with co-star Johnny Crawford) and in movies like "Old Yeller" and "The Big Country," is born Kevin Joseph Connors in Brooklyn, N.Y. Connors was also a professional athlete, playing in both the MLB and the NBA. He died of pneumonia stemming from lung cancer at age 71 on Nov. 10, 1992.
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