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Dalton Gang Attempted First Train Robbery - 1891
Feb 6, 2014, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 6, 1891, the Dalton Gang attempted their first train robbery near Alila, California. Bob, Emmett, and Grat Dalton were only three of Lewis and Adeleine Dalton's 10 sons. The brothers grew up on a succession of Oklahoma and Kansas homesteads during the post-Civil War period, when the region was awash in violence lingering from the war and notorious outlaw bands like the James-Younger Gang. Still, the majority of the Dalton boys became law-abiding citizens, and one of the older brothers, Frank, served as a deputy U.S. marshal.

Manuel Noriega was Indicted Drug Smuggling and Other Crimes - 1988
Feb 5, 2014, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 5, 1988, federal grand juries in Florida announce indictments of Panama military strongman General Manuel Noriega and 16 associates on drug smuggling and money laundering charges. Noriega, the de facto dictator of Panama since 1983, was charged with smuggling marijuana into the United States, laundering millions of U.S. dollars, and assisting Colombia's Medellin drug cartel in trafficking cocaine to America. The Panamanian leader denied the charges and threatened expulsion of the 10,000 U.S. service personnel and their families stationed around the Panama Canal.

Patty Hearst was Kidnapped - 1974
Feb 4, 2014, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 4, 1974, Patricia Hearst, the 19-year-old granddaughter of publishing icon William Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped from her Berkeley, California apartment. Stephen Weed, Hearst's fiancé, was beaten unconscious by the two abductors. Soon, a ransom demand came from the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), a radical activist group led by Donald DeFreeze.

Infamous Old West Outlaw Belle Starr was Murdered - 1889
Feb 3, 2014, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 3, 1889, outlaw Belle Starr is killed when an unknown assailant fatally shoots the infamous "Bandit Queen" with two shotgun blasts from behind. As with the lives of other famous outlaws like Billy the Kid and Jesse James, fanciful accounts printed in newspapers and dime novels made Belle Starr's harsh and violent life appear far more romantic than it actually was.

King of Portugal was Assassinated - 1908
Feb 1, 2014, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 1, 1908, King Carlos I of Portugal and his eldest son, Luis Filipe, are assassinated by revolutionaries while riding in an open carriage through the streets of Lisbon. Carlos ascended to the Portuguese throne in 1889 after the death of his father, King Louis I.

Guy Fawkes Jumps to Death Prior to Execution - 1606
Jan 31, 2014, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 31, 1606, Guy Fawkes, a chief conspirator in the plot to blow up the British Parliament building, jumps to his death moments before his execution for treason in London. On the eve of a general parliamentary session scheduled for November 5, 1605, Sir Thomas Knyvet, a justice of the peace, found Guy Fawkes lurking in a cellar of the Parliament building.

First Attempted Assassination of U.S. President - 1835
Jan 30, 2014, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 30, 1835, Andrew Jackson becomes the first American president to experience an assassination attempt. Richard Lawrence, an unemployed house painter, approached Jackson as he left a congressional funeral held in the House chamber of the Capitol building and shot at him, but his gun misfired.

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