Teen dies in mountains, his body guarded by his dog

November 7, 1929Rowe, New Mexico15-year-old Alfonso Sedillo becomes lost in the mountains, eventually succumbing to the elements Sedillo and two friends had gone into the mountains about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Santa Fe to pick piñon nuts. Sedillo’s companions left their campsite to retrieve some water from a nearby spring, at which point…

The murder of Wild Bill Hickok

August 2, 1876 Deadwood, Dakota Territory (present day South Dakota) Gunfighter, showman, marshal, and soldier of the American Old West, James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok is killed while playing cards Hickok had apparently insulted Jack McCall the day before his death; McCall had hit a losing streak while playing cards and Hickok suggested McCall quit…

Man dies from eating library paste

July 14, 1908 Goldfield, Nevada An unknown man dies after eating library paste Little is known about the man, though the county physician found he was “nearly starved” when he ate the contents of a jar of library paste. The paste was primarily comprised of water and either flour or starch, which may have prompted…