The Mississippi River is rocked by earthquakes, Baltimore burns, Chaplin debuts "The Tramp," The Beatles arrive in America, and space shuttle astronauts make the first untethered spacewalk, all on this day.
2000: Canadian magician Doug Henning, who started his career with a live theatrical magic show and became a TV star in the mid-1970s, dies of liver cancer at the age of 52 in Los Angeles, Calif. Henning earned a Tony Award nomination in 1974 for his Broadway show "The Magic Show" and more than 50 million viewers tuned in for the December 1975 broadcast of the TV special "Doug Henning's World of Magic," in which he recreated Harry Houdini's famous and highly dangerous water torture escape. The show was the first of seven annual broadcasts that would eventually bring Henning seven Emmy nominations.
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