7-1-12: Today in History
Hong Kong returned to China, 1997
Congress resolves to forge Indian alliances, 1775
Last Ford Thunderbird produced, 2005
The Battle of Gettysburg begins, 1863
"Mr. X" article appears in Foreign Affairs, 1947
Kobe Bryant accuser goes to police, 2003
Two planes collide over Germany, 2002
Canadian Independence Day, 1867
The Battle of San Juan Hill, 1898
Battle of the Somme begins, 1916
PG-13 rating debuts, 1984
George Sand is born, 1804
The first Sony Walkman goes on sale, 1979
Gunfighter Clay Allison killed, 1887
Dwight D. Eisenhower marries "his Mamie", 1916
Feller hurls third no-hitter, 1951
Ball recommends compromise in Vietnam, 1965
Bombing of North Vietnam continues, 1966
World War II
The Battle of El Alamein begins, 1942
Clay Allison was born in Wayne County, Tennessee, in about 1841. He joined the Confederate Army and served under Nathan B. Forrest as a scout and spy.
After the war Allison moved to Texas and took herds to Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico. A heavy-drinking cowboy he was accused of killing Chunk Colbert in Colorado and Francisco Griego in New Mexico. He also wounded several others before killing Deputy Sheriff Charles Faber at Las Animas in 1877. A tall man at 6'2" and over 200 lbs, Allison's size was as intimidating as his ferocious temper when drinking.
It's estimated that Allison had killed at least 15 men.
Allison settled in Pecos, Texas and one neighbour claimed that "when sober he was a quiet, pleasant and very affable man, but under the influence of liquor he was an extremely dangerous man."
On 1 July, 1887 Clay Allison was thrown from the freight wagon he was driving and one of the wheels ran over his head. He died two days later from the injuries.
1863 - The Battle of Gettysburg began
1961 - The lady soon to be known as Princess Di was born
2004 - the man known as mumbling Brando died.