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.
1860: The first successful United States Pony Express run from Saint Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, Calif., begins. The Pony Express would last a year and a half before the first transcontinental telegraph system put it out of business.
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