On the 20th of September, 1958 a woman by the name of Izola Curry approached US civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Blumstein’s Department Store in Harlem, New York. After confirming the man she was speaking to was King, she stabbed him in the chest with an ivory handled letter opener. It was also discovered Curry had a gun hidden in her bra.
The crime was considered especially unusual as Curry was African American.
Being treated with the blade still in his chest.
The blade was so close to King’s aorta that it was feared he’d die if he moved suddenly. The weapon was removed via surgery.
With his wife Coretta in hospital on the 30th of September.
Curry was committed to a mental institution, and continued to live in various facilities until her death at the age of ninety-eight in 2015.
The United States Army Air Forces, the aerial warfare service used by the Americans in the Second World War, was officially disbanded on the 18th of September, 1947. Unlike some other nations, the United States had no separate air force at the time.
The Forces, formed in 1941, the year the US entered the war, had been steadily diminished in size after the surrender of Japan in 1945. The service was replaced by the new and independent Air Force soon afterwards.
In the photograph are George B. Cortelyou, Roosevelt’s future secretary of Commerce and Labor, on Roosevelt’s right, and William Craig, the first Secret Service agent ever killed in the line of duty, on the far right in the photograph.
Craig died five days later. Roosevelt was President from September 1901 to March 1909.