1941 – Reg Presley born. English singer-songwriter.
He was best known as the lead singer with the 1960s rock and roll band The Troggs, whose best known hit was “Wild Thing“, though their only UK number one single was the follow-up “With a Girl Like You“.
He also wrote the song “Love Is All Around” which featured in the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral, and used his royalties from that to fund his research in subjects such as alien spacecraft, lost civilisations, alchemy, and crop circles. He outlined his findings in a book, Wild Things They Don’t Tell Us, published in October 2002.
1963 – Medgar Evers died. American civil rights activist from Mississippi involved in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi.
After returning from overseas military service in World War II and completing his secondary education, he became active in the civil rights movement and a field secretary for the NAACP.
Evers was assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens’ Council (a white supremacist organization) .
As a veteran, Evers was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, and his murder and the resulting trials inspired civil rights protests, as well as numerous works of art, music, and film.