April 21 1847
Lewis Keseberg, the final member of the Donner Party still stranded in the mountains, is escorted to safety by a fourth rescue party. Later accounts hold that Keseberg was discovered “seated, like a ghoul, in the midst of dead bodies, with his face and hands smeared with blood, and a kettle of human flesh boiling over the fire.”
April 21 1910
American original Mark Twain dies of heart failure in Redding, CT.
April 21 1918
The Red Baron, Germany’s Baron Manfred von Richthofen, is killed when his biplane is shot down during WWI. He is credited for 80 kills.
April 21 1930
320 inmates are left to burn alive during a fire in the Ohio State Penitentiary. Locked into their cells, the men could not escape the smoke and flames.
April 21 1933
Nazi Germany outlaws shechita, the Jewish butchering ritual for kosher meat preparation. Things only get worse from here.
April 21 1947
Rocker Iggy Pop born.
April 21 1992
Convicted murderer Robert Alton Harris consumes two large pizzas, a bucket of fried chicken, and some ice cream on the eve of his execution. Later, before the gas chamber is activated, Harris propounds: “You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the grim reaper.”