The Erie Canal opens, the Pony Express closes, Wyatt Earp shoots it out in Tombstone, and the Patriot Act is signed into law, all on this day.
1979: South Korean President Park Chung-hee and the leader of his guards are shot to death by Kim Jae-kyu, the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, during a dinner in the South Korean presidential compound in Seoul. After the initial shootings, Kim's agents quickly killed four more of the presidential bodyguards before the group was apprehended. Kim, who would later claim that Park was an obstacle to democracy and that his act was one of patriotism, would be arrested, tortured and later executed along with five of his conspirators. There is yet a great deal of controversy on Kim's motive and whether it was a planned attempt for coup d'état or an impulsive act on the spur of the moment.
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