On this day in 1862, President Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation that will take effect Jan. 1, 1863, creating an Anticipation of the Emancipation Proclamation, and a lot of awkward conversations in train stations.
On this day in 1927, Gene Tunney defeats Jack Dempsey in the famous "long count" fight. Some observers claim Tunney is on the canvas for more than three hours, but somehow he beats the referee's ten count and goes on to win the fight.
On this day in 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempts to shoot President Ford outside a San Francisco hotel, but misses. She will be signed by a talent agent and immediately booked as a semi-regular on The Match Game. (see Chiang Kai-shek)