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Leon Czolgosz Execution This is a re-creation of the execution of Leon Czolgosz. Czolgosz was a self-styled anarchist who shot president William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York on September 6, 1901. McKinley, struck twice at point-blank range, died of his wounds eight days later. There was swift justice in those days: Czolgosz's trial took place on September 23. It lasted a little more than eight hours. Czolgosz was convicted of murder and sentenced to die in the electric chair in Auburn, New York on October 29. Thomas Edison's company filmed this re-creation of the execution based on the testimony of witnesses.
Tags: Leon  Czolgosz  execution  William  McKinley 
Added: 29th May 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
First Automobile Fatality 1896 On August 17, 1896, Mrs. Bridget Driscoll, age 44, became the first recorded autombile fatality. She stepped off a curb in the Crystal Palace section of London, England and was struck by a demonstration car travelling 4 miles per hour driven by Arthur Edsel. (Really! That was his true name!) She was knocked to the ground and suffered a severe head injury which killed her. At the inquest following Mrs. Driscoll's untimely death, the cause was ruled to be an accident and Edsel was absolved of all blame. Coroner William Percy Morrison stated that he hoped such a tragic mishap would never happen again.
Tags: first  automobile  death 
Added: 14th July 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Lunch Counter Sit In 1960 On February 1, 1960 four freshmen from North Carolina A and T struck a blow against segregation by sitting at a 'whites only' lunch counter at a department store in Greensboro, North Carolina. They were denied service and quietly sat there until the store closed. However, their actions caused repeat performances in the following days by even more black students--and numerous copycat sit-ins throughout the segregated south.
Tags: Lunch  counter  protest 
Added: 5th August 2008
Views: 1337
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Posted By: Lava1964
Danny Almonte Scandal 2001 Remeber Danny Almonte? He was the 5-foot-8 star pitcher at the 2001 Little League World Series. Almonte struck out 62 of the 72 batters he faced. He threw a perfect game too. Danny was honored by New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Trouble was Danny was two years too old to be playing in the LLWS. Danny's father, Felipe, had falsified Danny's Dominican Republic birth certificate so it read 1989 instead of 1987. Because Danny towered over most of the other players in the tournament, accusations that he was too old were widespread. The truth was finally uncovered by two journalists from Sports Illustrated. Danny's Bronx, New York team had to forfeit their third-place standing. Felipe Almonte faced charges of filing a false document when he was deported back to the Dominican Republic. To make matters worse, there was no record of Danny attending school in the year his team went to the LLWS. He could not speak any English.
Tags: Danny  Almonte  baseball  scandal 
Added: 18th August 2008
Views: 1802
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Posted By: Lava1964
1964 Alaska Earthquake This is what Fourth Avenue in the business district of Fairbanks, Alaska looked like after the massive earthquake of March 27, 1964 struck. The quake registered 9.2 on the Richter Scale, making it the most severe earthquake ever to hit North America.
Tags: 1964  earthquake  Alaska 
Added: 20th August 2008
Views: 1394
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Posted By: Lava1964
Mel Ott Fatal Car Crash On November 14, 1958 baseball Hall-of-Famer Mel Ott and his wife were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. (The car in the photo was Ott's.) According to news reports, Ott, the former New York Giants slugger, pulled onto a fog-shrouded road and was struck by an oncoming vehicle whose 50-year-old driver died at the scene. A week later Ott died in a New Orleans hospital from his numerous injuries. He was just 49. Two other New York Giants' Hall-of-Famers, Frankie Frisch and Carl Hubbell, also died in similar car accidents. Hubbell died exactly 30 years to the day after Ott's death!
Tags: Mel  Ott  baseball  car  accident  fatal  Mississippi 
Added: 29th January 2011
Views: 11883
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Posted By: Lava1964
Cocoanut Grove Fire 1942 On Saturday, November 28, 1942 Boston's Cocoanut Grove nightclub was the site of one of the deadliest fires in American history. The night spot was owned by Barney Welansky who had connections to both the mayor and organized crime. It was quaintly reminiscent of Rick's Cafe Americain in the movie Casablanca--but its highly flammable tropical-style furniture and decorations made it a firetrap. There were more than 1,000 people inside although the legal capacity was 460. The fire is believed to have started when a busboy attempted to replace a light bulb in the dimly lit Melody Lounge in the lower level. He struck a match to help him see. Shortly thereafter patrons saw the palm fronds from a nearby artificial tree ignite. The fire rapidly spread along the walls and ceiling. Within five minutes the entire nightclub was ablaze. Many patrons attempted to exit through the revolving main door which quickly became jammed. Some secondary doors had been welded shut to prevent customers from leaving without paying their tabs. Other doors swung inward and made escape nearly impossible due to the crush of the crowd. All told, 492 people perished. Among the fatalities were Cowboy movie star Buck Jones and a couple who had been married earlier that same day. Welansky was convicted on multiple counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Tags: Cocoanut  Grove  Fire  1942 
Added: 29th September 2009
Views: 3757
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ruth-Gehrig 1927 Barnstorming Tour In the days before major league ballplayers were millionaires, many earned much-needed extra cash by engaging in post-season 'barnstroming tours.' Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were no exception. Following the 1927 season, the spectacular Yankee duo embarked on a westward tour through cities and towns large and small. They competed with and against local teams in front of huge star-struck crowds. Ruth, the main attraction, got a huge percentage of the gates and pocketed about $70,000 for the tour. Gehrig got a flat $10,000--not bad considering the New York Yankees only paid him $8,000 for the 1927 season.
Tags: Babe  Ruth  Lou  Gehrig  baseball 
Added: 22nd October 2009
Views: 3009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Froggy - Our Gang Billy (Froggy) Laughlin was added to the Our Gang cast in 1940 after an MGM executive heard him do a Popeye imitation at a movie theater. From 1940 through the end of the series in 1944 Laughlin played the cross-eyed, bespectacled Froggy, a character who spoke in a croaky voice. (Many Our Gang fans still mistakenly assume that was Laughlin's true voice!) Laughlin was tragically killed on August 31, 1948 in La Puente, CA. While delivering newspapers on a motor scooter with a friend, the pair made an unsafe U-turn and were struck by a truck whose driver had no time to react. Laughlin's friend suffered only minor injuries in the mishap. Laughlin was just 16 years old.
Tags: Froggy  Our  Gang  Billy  Laughlin 
Added: 9th November 2009
Views: 6946
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Posted By: Lava1964
Sal Mineo Murder 1976 Sal Mineo had an up-and-down acting career. His chief fame remains from playing opposite James Dean as a 17-year-old in Rebel Without A Cause (1956). By the 1960s Mineo could no longer be cast in youthful roles, and he was deemed wrong for adult lead roles. However, by 1976, Mineo's career had begun to turn around. Playing the role of a gay burglar in a San Francisco run of the stage comedy 'P.S. Your Cat Is Dead,' he received substantial publicity from many positive reviews and moved on to Los Angeles with the play. Arriving home after a rehearsal on February 12, 1976, Mineo was stabbed to death in the alley behind his West Hollywood apartment building. He was stabbed just once, but the blade struck his heart leading to immediate and massive internal bleeding. For years Mineo's murder was unsolved. However, a pizza deliveryman, Lionel Ray Williams, was sentenced to 57 years in prison for killing Mineo and committing 10 robberies in the same vicinity. Although there was considerable confusion relating to what witnesses had seen in the darkness the night Mineo was murdered, it was later revealed that prison guards reportedly overheard Williams admitting to the crime. Williams claimed he had no idea who Mineo was. Williams was paroled in the early 1990s, but was soon jailed again for criminal activity. Many of Mineo's friends believed that Williams was not the murderer, especially since a blond white man was seen running from the incident.
Tags: Sal  Mineo  murder 
Added: 19th November 2009
Views: 2665
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Posted By: Lava1964

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