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1935 Bruno HauptmannSen. Huey Long of Louisiana is shot and killed by Dr. Carl A. Weiss, the son of a man whom Long had vilified, and who, in turn, is cut down by Long's body guards.

New Jersey carpenter Bruno Hauptmann is executed for the kidnap/murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., the infant son of the famous aviator.
1941 Would-be stool pigeon Abe "Kid Twist" Reles dies after falling 75 feet from a Coney Island hotel room window while under police guard. Reles' testimony against Brooklyn crime kingpin Albert Anastasia would never be heard.
1947 Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel's dream of a Las Vegas gambling empire ends when he is murdered in Hollywood. Authorities believe fellow mobsters rubbed out Siegel after catching him dipping into the till.
1953 Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are executed following their conviction for selling atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. Many perceive the Rosenbergs as innocent victims of anti-communist hysteria.
1954 After escaping an attempt on his life by fellow crooks, "Specs " O'Keefe squeals to authorities about the $2.7 million Brink's heist in Boston. The Great Brink's Robbery of 1950 is solved.
1958 New York County DA Frank Hogan begins an investigation into cheating on the television quiz show Dotto.
1962 HoffaTeamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa is indicted by a federal grand jury for taking illegal payments from a Detroit trucking firm. The case ends in a mistrial.

Three Convicts escape from Alcatraz Maximum Security Prison, belying its "escape proof" status.
1963 John F. KennedyPresident John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald. Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shoots Oswald dead at police headquarters before he can stand trial.
1965 Malcolm X is assassinated while speaking at a rally in New York City.

Authorities believe Albert DeSalvo to be the Boston Strangler, who raped and murdered 13 women. Confined to a mental institution, he is never charged with the crimes.
1966 Dr. Sam Sheppard is acquitted of the murder of his wife. Sheppard's story inspired the television series "The Fugitive," which starred David Janssen as a man accused of a murder he didn't commit.

Eagle Scout and ex-Marine Charles Whitman opens fire from atop the 27-story tower at the University of Texas at Austin. He kills 21 people and wounds nearly 30 before being killed by police.
1968 Dr. Martin Luther KingDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated in Memphis by gunman James Earl Ray.

While campaigning for the presidency in Los Angeles, Senator Robert F. Kennedy is fatally shot by Sirhan Sirhan.
1969 Small-time criminal, aspiring musician, and cult figurehead Charles Manson directs his "family" in the murder of seven, including actress Sharon Tate, wife of film director Roman Polanski.


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