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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.

At least 22 dead in attempted Mexican jail break
Dec 19, 2012, - 0 Comments

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican authorities on Wednesday said 22 people died in an attempted jail break in the northern state of Durango that sparked a bloody shootout between guards and inmates.

Nine guards and 13 prisoners were killed in the incident that took place in the city of Gomez Palacio on Tuesday, said Fernando Rivas, a spokesman for Durango state police.

"The number of dead could increase although we hope not. A number of guards and prisoners are currently in a critical state," he said, noting that it was possible guards were complicit in allowing the weapons to enter the prison.

Initial reports on Tuesday night indicated that 17 had died in the attempted breakout.

Pulled over for littering, women given body cavity searches
Dec 19, 2012, - 0 Comments

NBC News

Two Irving, Texas, women are suing two Texas State Troopers and the director of the Department of Public Safety after they say they were violated during roadside cavity searches in full view of the public and without probable cause.

On July 13, while driving along state Highway 161, Angel Dobbs and her niece Ashley Dobbs were stopped for littering by Trooper David Ferrell. In the dashcam video released by the women and their attorney, Ferrell can be heard telling the women they would both be cited for littering for throwing cigarette butts out of the car.

Farrell then returned to his cruiser and, in the video, can be heard calling female trooper Kelley Helleson to the scene to search both women whom he said were acting weird.

2 inmates escape from high-rise jail in Chicago
Dec 19, 2012, - 0 Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Two bank robbers pulled off a daring escape from downtown Chicago's high-rise jail Tuesday by apparently scaling down about 20 stories using a makeshift rope tied to the bars in a cell window.

Police helicopters and canine units swarmed the area, but not until more than three hours after Joseph "Jose" Banks and Kenneth Conley went unaccounted for during a 5 a.m. headcount, U.S. Marshal's Service spokeswoman Belkis Cantor said.

Both men were still at large late Tuesday night.

Investigators found a broken window in the men's cell, where window bars were found inside a mattress, according to an FBI affidavit filed late Tuesday. Fake metal bars also were found in the men's cell, a rope was tied to a window bar, and each man's bed was stuffed with clothing and sheets to resemble a body, the affidavit said.

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.

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