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Guildford Four were released from prison - 1989
Oct 19, 2013, - 0 Comments

Guildford four

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 19, 1989, the Guildford Four, convicted of the 1975 IRA bombings of public houses in Guildford and Woolwich, England, are cleared of all charges after nearly 15 years in prison.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono were arrested on drug charges - 1968
Oct 18, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 18, 1968, John Lennon and Yoko Ono are arrested for drug possession at their home near Montagu Square in London, England. The arrests came at a tempestuous time for the couple. Only days earlier, an announcement was made that Ono was pregnant, creating a scandal because both Lennon and Ono were still married to other people. Her pregnancy ended in a miscarriage a few days after the arrest.

$2.5M Settlement in Pa. 'Kids for Cash' Scandal
Oct 18, 2013, - 0 Comments

Oct. 18, 2013 Associated Press

Three companies behind private juvenile detention and treatment facilities at the heart of a juvenile justice scandal in northeastern Pennsylvania have settled a civil lawsuit for $2.5 million.

The settlement involving claims brought by thousands of juveniles against PA Child Care, Western PA Child Care and Mid-Atlantic Youth Services Corp. was granted preliminary approval in federal court.

Two former Luzerne County judges are serving lengthy prison terms in connection with the "kids for cash" scandal. Prosecutors say children were locked away in the facilities, often for minor offenses, by judges who took illegal payments from the facilities' builder and co-owner.

The two sides will now ask U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo for final approval.

Former Luzerne County judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. was sentenced to 28 years in prison after he was convicted of racketeering and conspiracy. His former colleague Michael Conahan pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge and was sentenced to more than 17 years. Read More

Texas Rangers were established - 1835
Oct 17, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 17, 1835, Texans approve a resolution to create the Texas Rangers, a corps of armed and mounted lawmen designed to guard the frontier between the Brazos and Trinity Rivers.

Luby's Cafeteria shooting rampage - 1991
Oct 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

Luby's

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 16, 1991, George Jo Hennard drives his truck through a window in Luby’s Cafeteria in Kileen, Texas, and then opens fire on a lunch crowd, killing 23 and injuring 20. The rampage at the Central Texas restaurant began at approximately 12:45 p.m. and lasted about 15 minutes.

Mata Hari was executed - 1917
Oct 15, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 15, 1917, exotic dancer Mata Hari was executed by a French firing squad for the crime of espionage. She was born Margueretha Gertruida Zelle in a small town in northern Holland and formerly married to a captain in the Dutch army; Mata Hari had performed in Paris as a dancer since 1903. She adopted an elaborate stage persona, claiming she was born in a sacred Indian temple and taught ancient Indian dances by a priestess who gave her the name Mata Hari, which meant "eye of the dawn." Her exotic dances soon earned her fans all over Europe, where she packed dance halls, largely because of her willingness to dance almost entirely naked in public.

Amityville murder trial began - 1975
Oct 14, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Scene of the Amityville murders

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 14, 1975, the murder trial of Ronald DeFeo Jr. began. DeFeo was accused of killings his parents and four siblings in their Amityville, New York home. The family’s house was later said to be haunted and served as the inspiration for the Amityville Horror book and movies.

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