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Carlos the Jackal and the OPEC Attack - 1975
Dec 21, 2012, - 0 Comments

Carlos the Jackal

llich Ramirez Sanches aka Carlos the Jackal

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 21, 1975, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez aka Carlos the Jackal led a six-person team in an attack of the meeting of OPEC leaders; they took more than 60 hostages and killed three: an Austrian policeman, an Iraqi OPEC employee and a member of the Libyan delegation. Carlos demanded that the Austrian authorities read a communiqué about the Palestinian cause on Austrian radio and television networks every two hours. To avoid the threatened execution of a hostage every 15 minutes, the Austrian government agreed and the communiqué was broadcast as requested.

Howard Beach Beatings - 1986
Dec 20, 2012, - 0 Comments

Howard Beach

Al Sharpton

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 20, 1986, three black men are attacked by a group of white teenagers in Howard Beach, a predominately white, middle-class, Italian-American neighborhood in Queens, New York. Earlier that night, the men were driving from Brooklyn to Queens, when their car broke down near Howard Beach.

House of Representatives approves Articles of Impeachment on President Bill Clinton - 1998
Dec 19, 2012, - 0 Comments

Clinton

President Bill Clinton & Monica Lewinsky

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 19, 1998, the House of Representatives approves two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton, the second president in American history to be impeached, vowed to finish his term.

Last of the Molly Maguires is Executed - 1878
Dec 18, 2012, - 0 Comments

Kehoe

John Kehoe

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 18, 1878, the last of the Molly Maguires, John Kehoe is executed in Pennsylvania. The Molly Maguires, an Irish secret society that had allegedly been responsible for some incidences of vigilante justice in the coalfields of eastern Pennsylvania, defended their actions as attempts to protect exploited Irish-American workers. In fact, they are often regarded as one of the first organized labor groups.

Buried Alive - The Kidnapping of Barbara Jane Mackle - 1968
Dec 17, 2012, - 0 Comments

Kidnapped

Barbara Jane Mackle

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 17, 1968, Barbara Jane Mackle, a student at Emory College and the 20-year-old daughter of a millionaire real-estate developer is kidnapped from the Rodeway Inn in Decatur, Georgia.

Death of Actress Thelma Todd - Murder or Suicide?
Dec 16, 2012, - 0 Comments

Todd

Thelma Todd

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 15, 1935, comedic actress Thelma Todd is found dead. Todd was a popular actress of the late 1920s and early 1930s and was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1905. Appearing in over 40 movies between 1926 and 1935, she is best remembered for her comedic roles in films such as Monkey Business and Horse Feathers.

First Armed Bank Robbery in American History - 1864
Dec 15, 2012, - 0 Comments

Green

Edward Green

by Michael Thomas Barry

Edward Green was the 32 year old postmaster of Malden, Massachusetts. He is commonly believed to have committed the first (non-war related) armed bank robbery in American history. Green had a bad drinking habit and was heavily in debt, when on December 15, 1863, he robbed the local bank.

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