Sherman begins his march to the sea, FDR lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial, and Elvis Presley makes his movie debut, all on this day.
1959: Four members of the Herbert Clutter family are murdered at their farm outside Holcomb, Kansas (pictured). The quadruple murder would inspire Truman Capote to travel to Kansas and write about the crime even before any suspects were arrested. The killers, Richard "Dick" Hickock and Perry Smith, would be arrested six weeks after the murders, and Capote ultimately spent six years working on what would become the book "In Cold Blood." The book is regarded by critics as a pioneering work of the true crime genre.
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