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GERONIMO SURRENDERED ON THIS DAY IN 1886

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Geronimo (Mescalero-Chiricahua) “the one who yawns”
(June 1829 – February 17, 1909)

 Apache chief Geronimo and the Indians he led, surrendered in Skeleton
Canyon in Arizona to U.S. Gen. Nelson Miles. For 30 years, the mighty
Native American warrior had battled to protect his tribe’s homeland;
however, by 1886 the Apaches were exhausted and outnumbered. Gen.
Miles accepted Geronimo’s surrender, making him the last Indian warrior
to formally give in to U.S. forces and signaling the end of the Indian Wars
in the Southwest. Geronimo died of pneumonia on February 17, 1909, as
a prisoner of the United States at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

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Geronimo’s grave at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

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GRAVE ROBBING ON THIS DAY IN 1978

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Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977)


In one of history’s most famous cases of body-snatching, two men steal the
corpse of the revered film actor Sir Charles Chaplin from a cemetery in the
Swiss village of Corsier-sur-Vevey, located in the hills above Lake Geneva,
near Lausanne, Switzerland, on this day in 1978.

After a five-week investigation, police arrested two auto mechanics–
Roman Wardas, of Poland, and Gantscho Ganev, of Bulgaria–who on
May 17 led them to Chaplin’s body, which they had buried in a cornfield
about one mile from the Chaplin family’s home in Corsier.

A comic actor who was perhaps most famous for his alter ego, the Little
Tramp, Chaplin was also a respected filmmaker whose career spanned
Hollywood’s silent film era and the momentous transition to “talkies” in
the late 1920s. Chaplin died on Christmas Day in 1977, at the age of 88.

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The Little Tramp

In a 1995 survey of film critics worldwide, Chaplin was
voted the greatest actor in film history.

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GRAVE ROBBERS ARRESTED ON THIS DAY IN 1977

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In 1977, four people were arrested at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis 
after trying to steal Elvis’ body. As a result the remains of both Elvis
Presley and his mother were reburied in Graceland’s Meditation
Garden (below) on October 2.

A long, ground-level gravestone reads "Elvis Aaron Presley", followed by the singer's dates, the names of his parents and daughter, and several paragraphs of smaller text. It is surrounded by flowers, a small American flag, and other offerings. Similar grave markers are visible on either side. In the background is a small round pool, with a low decorative metal fence and several fountains.

Presley’s gravestone at
Graceland.


   
    
    
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    Elvis Aaron Presley  (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977)
    
     

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