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San Francisco's 2nd Vigilance Committee is formed - 1856
May 15, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Symbol of the 2nd Vigilance Committee

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 15, 1856, angered by the shooting of a prominent journalist, San Franciscans form their second vigilance committee to combat lawlessness. The need for vigilance committees in San Francisco was obvious. Only two years after gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848, San Francisco had grown from a sleepy little village with 900 inhabitants to a booming metropolis with more than 200,000 residents.

Young girl is kidnapped from her hospital room - 1948
May 14, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Peter Griffiths

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 14, 1948, three-year-old June Devaney is kidnapped from her room at Queen's Park Hospital in Blackburn, England. The child had been recovering from a recent bout of pneumonia. Nurses discovered her missing at 1:20 a.m. the next day, and police were immediately summoned to investigate.

Pope John Paul II is shot in Vatican Square - 1981
May 13, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Pope John Paul II is shot

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II is shot and seriously wounded while passing through St. Peter’s Square in an open car. The assailant, 23-year-old escaped Turkish murderer Mehmet Ali Agca, fired four shots, one of which hit the pontiff in the abdomen, narrowly missing vital organs, and another that hit the pope's left hand.

Body of Lindbergh baby is found - 1932
May 12, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Charles Lindbergh Jr.

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 12, 1932, the body of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh’s baby is found, more than two months after he was kidnapped from his family’s Hopewell, New Jersey home. Lindbergh, who became the first worldwide celebrity five years earlier when he flew The Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic, and his wife Anne discovered a ransom note in their 20-month-old child's empty room on March 1, 1932.

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is shot to death 1812
May 11, 2013, - 0 Comments

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 11, 1812, British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is shot to death by demented businessman John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons. Bellingham, who was inflamed by his failure to obtain government compensation for war debts incurred in Russia, gave himself up immediately.

J. Edgar Hoover is named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation 1924
May 10, 2013, - 0 Comments

J. Edgar Hoover

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 10, 1924, J. Edgar Hoover is named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation (now the FBI). By the end of the year he was officially promoted to director. This began his 48-year tenure in power, during which time he personally shaped American criminal justice in the 20th century.

Body of Former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro is found 1978
May 9, 2013, - 0 Comments

Former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 9, 1978, the body of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro is found, riddled by bullets, in the back of a car in the center of historic Rome. He was kidnapped by Red Brigade terrorists on March 16th after a bloody shoot-out near his suburban home.

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