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Australian murderer Colin Ross was executed - 1922
Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:11, - 0 Comments

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Colin Ross

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 24, 1922, Colin Ross was executed in Australia for the murder of 12-year-old Alma Tirtschke. Ross was one of the first criminals in Australia to be convicted based on forensic evidence. On December 30, 1921, she had been reported missing in Melbourne. The next day her naked body was found in Gun Alley.

Sirhan Sirhan is sentenced to death for assassination of Robert Kennedy - 1969
Tue, 04/23/2013 - 15:26, - 0 Comments

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Sirhan Sirhan

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 23, 1969, Sirhan Sirhan is sentenced to death penalty after being convicted in the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. In 1972, Sirhan's sentence was commuted to life in prison after California abolished the death penalty.

George "Baby Face" Nelson kills FBI agent - 1934
Mon, 04/22/2013 - 07:12, - 0 Comments

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George "Baby Face" Nelson

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 22, 1934, George "Baby Face" Nelson kills Special Agent W. Carter Baum during an FBI raid in northern Wisconsin. Nelson was holed up with notorious bank robber John Dillinger's gang at the Little Bohemia resort but didn't follow the planned escape route. As he was stealing a car to escape, he shot several agents.

Robert Alton Harris is executed in California - 1992
Sun, 04/21/2013 - 15:09, - 0 Comments

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Robert Alton Harris

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 21, 1992, Robert Alton Harris is executed in California’s gas chamber after 13 years on death row. This was California's first execution since former Chief Justice Rose Bird and two other California state Supreme Court justices, Joseph Grodin and Cruz Reynoso, had been rejected by California voters. From 1979 to 1986, the Bird court had reversed 64 out of the 68 death penalty cases on appeal.

Massacre at Columbine - 1999
Sat, 04/20/2013 - 09:19, - 0 Comments

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Columbine Memorial Library

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 20, 1999, two teenage gunmen kill 13 people in a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. At about 11:20 a.m., Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, dressed in long trench coats, began shooting students outside the school before moving inside to continue their rampage. By the time SWAT team officers finally entered the school at about 3:00 p.m., Klebold and Harris had killed 12 fellow students and a teacher, and had wounded another 23 people. Then, around noon, they turned their guns on themselves and committed suicide.

Oklahoma City Bombing - 1995
Fri, 04/19/2013 - 08:06, - 0 Comments

Oklahoma City bombing

Aftermath of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 19, 1995, a massive truck bomb explodes outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The blast collapsed the north face of the nine-story building, instantly killing more than 100 people and trapping dozens more in the rubble. Emergency crews raced to Oklahoma City from across the country, and when the rescue effort finally ended two weeks later the death toll stood at 168 people killed, including 19 young children who were in the building's day-care center at the time of the blast.

U.S. Embassy in Beirut is Bombed - 1983
Thu, 04/18/2013 - 07:39, - 0 Comments

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U.S. Embassy Bombing in Beirut

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 18, 1983, the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, is almost completely destroyed by a car-bomb explosion that kills 63 people, including the suicide bomber and 17 Americans. The terrorist attack was carried out in protest of the U.S. military presence in Lebanon. In 1975, a bloody civil war erupted in Lebanon, with Palestinian and leftist Muslim guerrillas battling militias of the Christian Phalange Party, the Maronite Christian community, and other groups.

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