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South African Prime Minister is assassinated - 1966
Sep 6, 2013, - 0 Comments

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South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd

by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 6, 1966, South African Prime Minister is assassinated during a parliamentary meeting in Cape Town. The assailant, Demetrio Tsafendas, was a Mozambique immigrant of mixed racial descent--part Greek and part Swazi. As minister of native affairs and later as South African leader, Verwoerd oversaw the introduction and application of South Africa's racist apartheid policies.

First attempted assassination of President Ford - 1975
Sep 5, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme

by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 5, 1975, an assassination attempt against President Gerald Ford is foiled in Sacramento, California, when a Secret Service agent wrests a semi-automatic handgun from Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of incarcerated cult leader Charles Manson.

Earl of Lennox, Regent of Scotland was assassinated - 1571
Sep 4, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox and Regent of Scotland

by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 4, 1571, Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox and Regent of Scotland was assassinated. Stewart was the leader of the Catholic nobility in Scotland and was the grandson of James VI of Scotland. He spent most of his youth in exile in England, but returned to Scotland to assert his claims to the line of succession when James V died in 1542. At the time of the king's death in 1542, Lennox possessed a strong claim to the throne of Scotland should Mary, Queen of Scots, an infant, pass away childless.

Russian school hostage crisis has deadly conclusion - 2004
Sep 3, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Beslan school massacre

by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 3, 2004, a three-day hostage crisis at a Russian school comes to a violent conclusion after a gun battle erupts between the hostage-takers and Russian security forces. In the end, over 300 people died, many of them children, while hundreds more were injured.

Trial begins for man who illegally piloted plane into Moscow's Red Square - 1987
Sep 2, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Mathias Rust flys his plane into Red Square

by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 2, 1987, the trial of Mathias Rust begins. The 19-year-old Rust was accused of flying his Cessna plane into Moscow’s Red Square in May 1987. Rust had become an international celebrity following his daring intrusion of Soviet airspace and landing in the center of Moscow, but the Soviet government condemned his actions.

Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker" is captured - 1985
Aug 31, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Richard Ramirez

by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 31, 1985, Richard Ramirez, the notorious "Night Stalker," is captured and nearly killed by a mob in East Los Angeles, California, after being recognized from a photograph shown both on television and in newspapers. Recently identified as the serial killer, Ramirez was saved from the enraged mob by police officers.

Murderous couple are sentenced to death in California - 1989
Aug 30, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Cynthia Coffman and James Marlow

by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 30, 1989, Cynthia Coffman and James Marlow are sentenced to death in California for the 1986 murder of Corinna Novis. Coffman was the first woman to receive a death sentence in the state since capital punishment was reinstated in 1977.

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