I saved this for a reason, back in 2001. Since I just found it, I must assume its discovery serendipitous and post it here.
So I missed by three days. Not bad for 8 years!
TODAY (Minus 3 Days) IN HISTORY
On May 18th, 1870, Steve Colder, magician, performed the first “saw a woman in half” trick. The audience packed the hall for the show.
But when blood started to flow from the openings in the box, it became apparent that the trick was not successful. The woman died and Colder spent the rest of his life in jail.