Shel Silverstein died on this day in 1999. He was only 57. Not only was he the author of beloved childrens books like The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic, and Where the Sidewalk Ends, but was also an accomplished songwriter. Did you know he wrote "A Boy named Sue" for Johnny Cash? He also wrote a bunch of humorous songs that played on the Dr. Demento radio show. If he was around at the time of Youtube he would have been even bigger than he already was. He actually got started by writing for Playboy.
On this day in 1898 the Supreme Court of the US ruled that a tomato is a vegetable and not a fruit in the "Nix vs Hedden" case. This had more to do with tariff classification, but funny non-the-less.
On this day in 1941 Rudolf Hess, the deputy Fuhrer of the Nazi Germany parachuted into Scotland in an attempt at negotiating a peace with the United Kingdom. This was on the eve of Germany going to war with the Soviet Union. So in his insanity, Hess was trying to avoid a two front war, which most agree was the demise of the third reich.