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Susan Smith reports carjacking and kidnapping of her children - 1994
Oct 25, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 25, 1994, Susan Smith reports that she was carjacked in South Carolina by a man who took her two small children in the backseat of her car. Although authorities immediately began searching for three-year-old Michael and one-year-old Alex, they could find no trace of them or of Smith's car. After nine days of intense national media attention, Smith finally confessed that the carjacking tale was false and that she had driven her Mazda into the John D. Long Lake in order to drown her children.

Sexual assault charges are dismissed against sportscaster Marv Albert - 1997
Oct 24, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 24, 1997, all sexual assault charges are dismissed against Marv Albert, after the sportscaster agrees to get counseling and stays out of trouble for a year. According to Vanessa Perhach, Albert had invited her to his room in the Ritz Carlton Hotel on February 12, 1997, after announcing an NBA game. He then purportedly bit her on her back after she refused his request for three-way sex.

Chechen terrorists kidnap hundreds at Moscow theater - 2002
Oct 23, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 23, 2002, Chechen rebels storm a Moscow theater, taking up to 700 people hostage during a sold-out performance of a popular musical. The second act of the musical was just beginning at the Moscow Ball-Bearing Plant's Palace of Culture when an armed man walked onstage and fired a machine gun into the air. The terrorists, including a number of women with explosives strapped to their bodies, identified themselves as members of the Chechen Army. They demanded that Russian military forces begin an immediate and complete withdrawal from Chechnya.

Infamous gunslinger Tom Horn was hanged - 1903
Oct 22, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Tom Horn

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 22, 1903, infamous hired killer, Tom Horn was hanged for having allegedly murdered Willie Nickell, the 14-year-old son of a southern Wyoming sheep rancher. Some historians have since questioned whether Horn really killed the boy, pointing out that the jury convicted him solely on the basis of a drunken confession that Horn supposedly made to a detective.

President Warren G. Harding denounces the rise of lynchings - 1921
Oct 21, 2013, - 0 Comments

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President Warren G. Harding

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 21, 1921, President Warren G. Harding delivers a speech in Alabama in which he condemns lynching, which were illegal hangings committed primarily by white supremacists against African Americans in the Deep South.

Guildford Four were released from prison - 1989
Oct 19, 2013, - 0 Comments

Guildford four

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 19, 1989, the Guildford Four, convicted of the 1975 IRA bombings of public houses in Guildford and Woolwich, England, are cleared of all charges after nearly 15 years in prison.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono were arrested on drug charges - 1968
Oct 18, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 18, 1968, John Lennon and Yoko Ono are arrested for drug possession at their home near Montagu Square in London, England. The arrests came at a tempestuous time for the couple. Only days earlier, an announcement was made that Ono was pregnant, creating a scandal because both Lennon and Ono were still married to other people. Her pregnancy ended in a miscarriage a few days after the arrest.

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