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The trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg begins - 1951
Mar 6, 2013, - 0 Comments


Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 6, 1951, the trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins in New York. Judge Irving R. Kaufman presides over the espionage prosecution of the couple accused of selling nuclear secrets to the Russians (treason could not be charged because the U.S. was not at war with the Soviet Union).

Arrest Warrant is Issued for Jim Morrison - 1969
Mar 5, 2013, - 0 Comments


Jim Morrison

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 5, 1969, the Dade County Sheriff's Office issues an arrest warrant for Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors. He is charged with a single felony count and three misdemeanors for his stage antics at a Miami concert a few days earlier.

Infamous Mob Boss Louis Buchalter is executed - 1944
Mar 4, 2013, - 0 Comments


Louis "Lepke" Buchalter

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 4, 1944, Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, the head of Murder, Inc., is executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York. Lepke was the leader of the country's largest crime syndicate throughout the 1930s and was making nearly $50 million a year from his various enterprises.

Charles Ponzi was born - 1882
Mar 3, 2013, - 0 Comments


Charles Ponzi

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 3, 1882, Charles Ponzi, was born in Lugo, Italy. He became known in the early 1920s as one of the most infamous swindler’s in American history.

Graverobbers steal the corpse of Charlie Chaplin - 1978
Mar 2, 2013, - 0 Comments


Charlie Chaplin

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 2, 1978, two men steal the corpse of the legendary film actor Charlie Chaplin from a cemetery in the Swiss village of Corsier-sur-Vevey. A comic actor who was perhaps most famous for his alter ego, the Little Tramp, Chaplin was also a respected filmmaker whose career spanned Hollywood’s silent film era and the momentous transition to “talkies” in the late 1920s.

The Lindbergh baby kidnapping - 1932
Mar 1, 2013, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 1, 1932, Charles Lindbergh III, the young son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, is kidnapped from the family's home in Hopewell, New Jersey. Lindbergh, who became an international celebrity when he flew the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, and his wife Anne discovered a ransom note demanding $50,000 in their son's empty room.

Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme is assassinated - 1986
Feb 28, 2013, - 0 Comments


Olof Palme

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 28, 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated. Palme led the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 1969 until his death, and was a two-term Prime Minister of Sweden.