On this day in 1988 Guns N' Roses reach the top 40 for the first time with their hit "Sweet Child O' Mine". Rose made a lot of his midwestern roots and subsequent journey to Los Angeles. He joined the music scene there and was in and out of bands. They played in the now famous clubs Whiskey A Go-Go and the Troubadour. When he formed Guns N' Roses he wanted to go away from the glam rock that was popular at the time. They were signed to Geffen records and hoped their first single "Welcome to the Jungle" would be a hit. It was, but not until they toured for over a year and released "Sweet Child O' Mine". If you ask me, it's more about Slashs' opening riff, than Axl's whiney voice.
On this day in 1878 the outlaw "Black Bart" robbed a stage coach in California while wearing a flour sack over his head. It was the last time he was to get away with a robbery. His next attempt was a failure and he was caught. As it turns out his name was Charles Bolton. He served only a small sentence in jail, and upon release never lead a life of crime again.
On this day in 1914 the ultimatum that would start WWI was made by Austria-Hungary toward Serbia. Angry about the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand while he visited Sarajevo, they put forth an impossible list of demands that, if not met, would lead to war. Germany decided to back their ally Austria-Hungary, while Russia decided to back their ally Serbia. Russia was also allies with Britain and France, who pledged their assistance in any conflict. Serbia met all the terms of the ultimatum but one, it felt the external investigation of it's infrastructure was unfair. Indignant, Austria-Hungary declared war two days later.