The Scottsboro Boys are arrested, John and Yoko take to bed, a New York City nightclub fire kills 87, and mad cow disease halts British beef exports, all on this day.
1928: Astronaut Jim Lovell, most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure en route to the moon but was brought back safely to Earth by the efforts of the crew and mission control, is born in Cleveland, Ohio. Lovell was also the command module pilot of Apollo 8, the first Apollo mission to enter lunar orbit, and received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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