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Irish Hungerstriker Bobby Sands Dies 1981
May 5, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Bobby Sands

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 5, 1981, Irish Republican Army militant Bobby Sands dies after refusing food for 66 days in protest of his treatment as a criminal rather than a political prisoner by British authorities. His death immediately touched off widespread rioting in Belfast, as young Irish-Catholic militants clashed with police and British Army patrols and started fires.

Jesse Tafero is executed in Florida 1990
May 4, 2013, - 0 Comments

Jesse Tafero

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 4, 1990, Jesse Tafero is executed in Florida after his electric chair malfunctions three times, causing flames to leap from his head. Tafero's death sparked a new debate on humane methods of execution.

Exxon executive dies after being kidnapped - 1992
May 3, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Reso kidnapping and murder

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 3, 1992, Exxon executive Sidney Reso dies in a storage vault in New Jersey. Four days earlier, he was abducted from the driveway of his Morris Township, New Jersey, home.

J. Edgar Hoover died - 1972
May 2, 2013, - 0 Comments

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J. Edgar Hoover

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 2, 1972, J. Edgar Hoover died. After nearly five decades as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Hoover left the powerful government agency without an administrator.

Former NBA star is indicted for manslaughter - 2002
May 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Jayson Williams

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 1, 2002, former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams was indicted on a series of charges, including aggravated manslaughter, in connection with the shooting death of limousine driver Costas Christofi.

First Federal Prison for women opens - 1927
Apr 30, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Alderson Federal Prison

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 30, 1927, the Federal Industrial Institution for Women, the first women's federal prison, opens in Alderson, West Virginia. All women serving federal sentences of more than a year were to be brought here. Run by Dr. Mary B. Harris, the prison's buildings, each named after social reformers, sat atop 500 acres.

Rodney King beating verdicts - 1992
Apr 29, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Rodney King

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 29, 1992, four police officers who were accused of beating Rodney King are acquitted. The announcement of the verdict, which enraged the black community, prompted widespread rioting throughout much of Los Angeles. It wasn't until three days later that the arson and looting finally ended.

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