An assassin's misfires spare President Andrew Jackson, "The Lone Ranger" debuts on radio, Gandhi is assassinated, The Beatles hit the roof for one last gig, and the first computer virus is written, all on this day.
1862: The first American ironclad warship, the USS Monitor, is launched. The Monitor would become famous for its battle with the CSS Virginia during the Civil War, the first-ever battle fought between two ironclads, before foundering while under tow during a storm off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on Dec. 31, 1862.
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