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Rwandan Genocide - 1994
Apr 7, 2013, - 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
Apr 6, 2013, - 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
Apr 5, 2013, - 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
Apr 4, 2013, - 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.

Robert Ford assassinates outlaw Jesse James - 1882
Apr 3, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Robert Ford

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 3, 1882, one of America's most notorious outlaws, Jesse James, is shot to death by fellow gang member Robert Ford. For 16 years, Jesse and his brother, Frank, committed robberies and murders throughout the Midwest. Newspaper accounts and pulp novels glamorized the James gang, turning them into mythical Robin Hoods who were driven to crime by unethical landowners and bankers. In reality, Jesse James was a ruthless killer who stole only for himself. 

The "Teflon Don" John Gotti is found guilty of murder - 1992
Apr 2, 2013, - 0 Comments

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John Gotti

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 2, 1992, a jury in New York finds mobster John Gotti, guilty on 13 counts, including murder and racketeering. In the wake of the conviction, the assistant director of the FBI’s New York office, James Fox, was quoted as saying, “The don is covered in Velcro, and every charge stuck.” On June 23 of that year, Gotti was sentenced to life in prison, dealing a significant blow to organized crime.

Marvin Gaye is murdered by his father - 1984
Apr 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Marvin Gaye

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 1, 1984, singer Marvin Gaye is murdered . At the peak of his career,  Gaye was the Prince of Motown—the soulful voice behind many hits. Over the course of his roughly 25-year recording career, he moved successfully from upbeat pop to "message" music to satin-sheet soul, combining elements of Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan and Barry White into one complicated and sometimes contradictory package.

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