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U.S. Embassy in Beirut is Bombed - 1983
Apr 18, 2013, - 0 Comments

Beirut embassy bombing

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.

Police crack case of murdered wife of NBC executive - 1936
Apr 17, 2013, - 0 Comments

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The Nancy Titterton Murder Case

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 17, 1936, police find evidence that is needed to break the case of Nancy Titterton's rape-murder in New York City. Titterton, a novelist and the wife of NBC executive Lewis Titterton, was raped and strangled in her upscale home on Beekman Place on the morning of April 10, 1936. The only clues left behind were a foot-long piece of cord that had been used to tie Titterton's hands and a single horsehair found on her bedspread.

Massacre at Virginia Tech - 2007
Apr 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Seung Hui Cho

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 16, 2007, 32 students and teachers die after being gunned down on the campus of Virginia Tech by Seung Hui Cho, a student at the school who later dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The violence began around 7:15 a.m., when Cho, a 23-year-old senior and English major at the college, shot a female freshman and a male resident assistant in a campus dormitory before fleeing the building.

Sacco & Vanzetti - 1920
Apr 15, 2013, - 0 Comments

Sacco and vanzetti

Sacco and Vanzetti

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 15, 1920, a paymaster and a security guard are killed during a mid-afternoon armed robbery of a shoe company in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Out of this rather unremarkable crime grew one of the most famous trials in American history and a landmark case in forensic crime detection.

Abraham Lincoln is shot - 1865
Apr 14, 2013, - 0 Comments

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The Lincoln Assassination

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln is shot at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. The assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth, shouted, "Sic simper tyrannis! (Ever thus to tyrants!) The South is avenged," as he jumped onto the stage and fled on horseback. Lincoln died early the next morning.

Mass murderer Christopher Wilder kills himself - 1984
Apr 13, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Christopher Wilder

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 13, 1984, mass murderer Christopher Wilder dies after a month-long crime spree involving eleven young women who have disappeared or been killed. Police in New Hampshire attempted to apprehend Wilder, who was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, but Wilder apparently shot himself to death in a scuffle with state troopers to avoid capture.

Inquisition of astronomer Galileo Galilei begins - 1633
Apr 12, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Galileo Galilei

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 12, 1633, chief inquisitor Father Vincenzo Maculano da Firenzuola begins the inquisition of physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei. Galileo was ordered to turn himself in to the Holy Office to begin trial for holding the belief that the Earth revolves around the Sun, which was deemed heretical by the Catholic Church.

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