7 July 1865
On this date in 1865…
After a military trial that was later ruled unconstitutional, MarySurratt was hanged with the Lincoln assassination conspirators. Mrs.Surratt was the first woman executed by the U.S. government, but today she is widely considered to have been innocent and railroaded by government prosecutors during the post-assassination hysteria.
- 1540 – Spanish Conquistador Francisco Coronado attacked the Zuni village of Hawikuh in New Mexico while on his quest for the fabled “Seven Cities of Gold.”
- 1862 – The first mobile railroad post office was tested on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad in Missouri.
- 1875 – Jesse James’ gang was blamed for the train robbery at Otterville, Missouri.
- 1928 – Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It is described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”.
- 1906 – Legendary baseball pitcher Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige was born in Mobile, Alabama.
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