The Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial begins, the Jets give Namath a record contract, Nixon lowers the nation's maximum speed limit to 55, and oil tops $100 a barrel for the first time, all on this day.
1986: Hall of Fame baseball team owner and promoter Bill Veeck dies of cancer at age 71 in Chicago, Illinois. Veeck was well-known for his quirky publicity stunts as a team owner, including using 3-foot-7-inch Eddie Gaedel as a pinch-hitter for the St. Louis Browns in 1951 and Disco Demolition Night in 1979 while owner of the Chicago White Sox. He also signed Larry Doby as owner and team president of the Cleveland Indians in 1947, thereby integrating the American League.
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