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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. 

Arrest warrant issued for Michael Jackson - 2003
Nov 19, 2013, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 19, 2003, arrest warrant is issued for pop star Michael Jackson on charges of child molestation. Though he would be acquitted two years later of each criminal count on which he was eventually tried, the King of Pop suffered many blows to his already damaged reputation and finances while facing the charges that were filed. 

Jim Jones leads mass murder-suicide at Jonestown - 1978
Nov 18, 2013, - 0 Comments


Jim Jones

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 18, 1978, Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune in a remote part of the South American nation of Guyana. Many of Jones’ followers willingly ingested a poison-laced punch while others were forced to do so at gunpoint. The final death toll at Jonestown that day was 909; a third of those who perished were children. 

Infamous serial killer Edward Gein claims final victim - 1957
Nov 16, 2013, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 16, 1957, serial killer Edward Gein murders his last victim, Bernice Worden of Plainfield, Wisconsin. His grave robbing, necrophilia, and cannibalism gained national attention, and may have provided inspiration for the characters of Norman Bates in Psycho and serial killer Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs.