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San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk were murdered - 1978
Nov 27, 2013, - 0 Comments

Moscone and Milk

Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 27, 1978, Dan White murders Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk at City Hall in San Francisco, California. White, who stormed into San Francisco's government offices with a .38 revolver, had reportedly been angry about Moscone's decision not to reappoint him to the city board. 

The Great Diamond Hoax was exposed - 1872
Nov 26, 2013, - 0 Comments

diamond hoax

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 26, 1872, the Great Diamond Hoax, one of the most notorious mining swindles of the 19th century was exposed with an article in the San Francisco Evening Bulletin

Iran-Contra Scandal Connection was Revealed - 1986
Nov 25, 2013, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 25, 1986, three weeks after a Lebanese magazine reported that the United States had been secretly selling arms to Iran; Attorney General Edwin Meese reveals that proceeds from the arms sales were illegally diverted to the anti-communist Contras in Nicaragua. 

Boss Tweed was extradicted back to the U.S. - 1876
Nov 23, 2013, - 0 Comments


William Marcy "Boss" Tweed

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 23, 1876, William Marcy "Boss" Tweed, leader of New York City’s corrupt Tammany Hall political organization during the 1860s and early 1870s, is extradited back to the U.S. after his capture in Spain. 

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated - 1963
Nov 22, 2013, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy is shot and killed as his motorcade drives through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy's suspected assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was believed to have used a mail-order rifle to shoot the president from the sixth story window of the Texas School Book Depository.

U.S. Naval Intelligence Analyst is Arrested for Spying - 1985
Nov 21, 2013, - 0 Comments


Jonathan Jay Pollard

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 21, 1985, Jonathan Jay Pollard, a civilian U.S. Navy intelligence analyst and Jewish American, is arrested on charges of spying for the Israeli government. 

Nuremberg War Crimes Trial Began - 1945
Nov 20, 2013, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 20, 1945, the Nuremberg war crimes trial begins. Following Germany's defeat in World War II, Winston Churchill planned to shoot top German and Nazi military leaders without a trial, but Henry Stimson, the U.S. Secretary of War, pushed President Roosevelt to consider holding an international court trial. Since the trial did not begin until after the death of President Roosevelt, President Harry S. Truman appointed Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson to head the prosecution team. The four countries pressing charges were Great Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union, and France.