July 2 - 1881 - The Assassination of James A. Garfield
Charles Guiteau thought that President James Garfield should have given him a cosulship in Europe, because Guiteau had written a bad speech no one ever read or heard backing Garfield. After he did not get an office, Guiteau shot Garfield at a train station. Everything else about the assassination only gets even stranger the more it's teased out. Guiteau was probably delusional, and thought he could win the 1884 Presidential Election. Garfield lives a further 11 weeks and probably would not have died if his doctors used antiseptic practices. Eventually, Charles Guiteau was hanged and Chester A. Arthur, Garfield's succesor, signs Civil Service Reform into law.