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President James A. Garfield died - 1881
Sep 19, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 19, 1881, President James A. Garfield succumbs to wounds inflicted by an assassin 80 days earlier. Garfield's assassin was an attorney and political office-seeker named Charles Guiteau. Guiteau was a relative stranger to the president and his administration in an era when federal positions were doled out on a "who you know" basis. When his requests for an appointment were ignored, a furious Guiteau stalked the president, vowing revenge.

Patty Hearst is captured - 1975
Sep 18, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Patty Hearst

by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 18, 1975, newspaper heiress and wanted fugitive Patty Hearst is captured in a San Francisco apartment and arrested for armed robbery. On February 4, 1974, Patricia Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of newspaper publisher Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, California. Her fiancé, Stephen Weed, was beaten and tied up along with a neighbor who tried to help.

California Judge sets speed record for cases heard - 1884
Sep 17, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 17, 1884, Judge Allen disposes of the 13 criminal cases on his Oakland, California, docket in only six minutes. Although he set a new record for speed, defendants in Oakland's criminal court did not stand much of a chance of gaining an acquittal.

Brigham Young orders murder of alleged spy - 1845
Sep 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Brigham Young

by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 16, 1845, Phineas Wilcox is stabbed to death on orders of Brigham Young in Nauvoo, Illinois, because he is believed to be a spy. The murder of Wilcox reflected the serious and often violent conflict between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the surrounding communities.

President William McKinley died - 1901
Sep 14, 2013, - 0 Comments

McKinley

by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 14, 1901, President William McKinley succumbs to gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin on September 6th. According to witnesses, McKinley's last words were those of the hymn "Nearer My God to Thee." McKinley was shaking hands in reception line at the Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo, New York, when a 28-year-old anarchist named Leon Czolgosz approached him with a gun concealed in a handkerchief in his right hand.

Rapper Tupac Shakur died from wounds sustained in drive-by shooting - 1996
Sep 13, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Tupac Shakur

by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 13, 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur died from gunshot wounds suffered in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting. More than a decade after his death Tupac Shakur remains one of the most recognizable faces and voices in music. A steady stream of posthumous album releases has kept his name near the top of sales rankings. But unlike other rappers with whom his story is intertwined, Shakur’s stature has grown with each passing year since his still-unsolved murder.

Tyco executives are indicted on fraud & embezzlement charges - 2002
Sep 12, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Dennis Kozlowski and Mark Swartz

by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 12, 2002, three former executives from Tyco International, including the CEO and CFO, are indicted in New York on charges that they stole hundreds of millions of dollars from the company. Two of the men, CEO Dennis Kozlowski and CFO Mark Swartz, were later convicted and given lengthy prison sentences. The case became symbolic of the era's corporate corruption and greed.

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