March 26

1859

WEIRD NATURE:
A country doctor at Orgeres, France, reported seeing an object the size of a planet cross the disc of the Sun. The astronomer and mathematician LeVerrier went to Orgeres and interrogated the amateur astronomer Lescarbault about the unidentified planetary object.

1997

CULTS:
On this day, police in San Diego, California discovered the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult, all of whom had died by apparent suicide.

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