The Pony Express begins, outlaw Jesse James is killed, the convicted Lindbergh baby kidnapper dies in the electric chair, the Unabomber is captured, and Iowa legalizes gay marriage, all on this day.
1926: Astronaut Gus Grissom, one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts and the second American to fly in space, is born in Mitchell, Ind. Grissom was killed along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee on Jan. 27, 1967, in a fire that ignited during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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