A president is shot, Cal Ripken Jr. breaks an unbreakable record, and the world mourns the passing of a princess, all on this day.
1992: Hunters discover the emaciated body of Christopher Johnson McCandless at his camp 20 miles west of the town of Healy, Alaska. McCandless had walked into the Alaskan wilderness in April 1992 dreaming of an "Alaskan Odyssey" wherein he would live off the land. He stayed at an abandoned bus for 113 days before starving to death sometime after Aug. 12, 1992. More attention to the life and death of McCandless would come with the 1996 book "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer and the 2007 movie of the same title, directed by Sean Penn and starring Emile Hirsch as McCandless.
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