Charles Darwin publishes his theory of evolution, the NFL is founded, Lou Gehrig belts his 23rd career grand slam and NASA heads for Mars, all on this day.
1986: In Edmond, Oklahoma, U.S. Postal employee Patrick Sherrill shoots 20 of his co-workers, killing 14 of them, and then commits suicide. The incident is credited with inspiring the American phrase "going postal." Pictured here is a memorial at the site of the shooting.
National Archives and Records Administration
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J.K. Nakata/United States Geological Survey
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