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Emiliano Zapata is assassinated - 1919
Wed, 04/10/2013 - 07:22, - 0 Comments

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Emiliano Zapata

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 10, 1919, Emiliano Zapata, a leader of peasants and indigenous people during the Mexican Revolution, is assassinated in Morelos by government forces.

Billy the Kid is found guilty of murder - 1881
Tue, 04/09/2013 - 08:13, - 0 Comments

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Billy the Kid

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 9, 1881, after a one-day trial, Billy the Kid is found guilty of murdering William Brady, the sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico and is sentenced to hang. There is no doubt that Billy the Kid did indeed shoot the sheriff, though he had done so in the context of the bloody Lincoln County War, a battle between two powerful groups of ranchers and businessmen fighting for economic control of Lincoln County.
Olympic Bombing suspect pleads guilty - 2005
Mon, 04/08/2013 - 06:46, - 0 Comments

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Eric Rudolph

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 8, 2005, Eric Rudolph agrees to plead guilty to a series of bombings, including the fatal bombing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, in order to avoid the death penalty. He later cited his anti-abortion and anti-homosexual views as motivation for the bombings.

Rwandan Genocide - 1994
Sun, 04/07/2013 - 07:13, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 7, 1994, Rwandan armed forces kill 10 Belgian peacekeeping officers in a successful effort to discourage international intervention in their genocide that had begun only hours earlier. In less than three months, Hutu extremists who controlled Rwanda murdered an estimated 800,000 innocent civilian in the worst episode of genocide since World War II.

Dr. Sam Sheppard died - 1970
Sat, 04/06/2013 - 16:17, - 0 Comments

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Dr. Sam Sheppard

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 6, 1970, Sam Sheppard, a doctor convicted of murdering his pregnant wife in a trial that caused a media frenzy in the 1950s, dies of liver failure. After a decade in prison, Sheppard was released following a re-trial. His story is rumored to have loosely inspired the television series and movie "The Fugitive."

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are senteced to death - 1951
Fri, 04/05/2013 - 09:06, - 0 Comments

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Julius & Ethel Rosenberg

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 5, 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death after being found guilty of conspiring to transmit atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. The Rosenberg case began with the arrest of Klaus Fuchs, a German-born and U.S.-employed scientist who confessed to passing classified information about the U.S. atomic program to the Soviets. Following his 1950 conviction, U.S. authorities began an extensive investigation of Los Alamos, New Mexico, the top secret U.S. atomic development headquarters where Fuchs worked during the war.

Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated - 1968
Thu, 04/04/2013 - 09:21, - 0 Comments

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Martin Luther King Jr. assassination scene

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is shot to death at a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. A single shot fired by James Earl Ray from over 200 feet away at a nearby motel struck King in the neck. He died an hour later at St. Joseph's Hospital. The death of America's leading civil rights advocate sparked a wave of rioting in the black communities of several cities around the country.

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