Today in the History of Crime

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

0800-11-23 Charlemagne arrives at Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III.

Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne
Holy Roman Emperor
  • 1490-01-04 Anna of Brittany announces that all those who would ally with the king of France will be considered guilty of the crime of lese-majesty.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1620-12-26 Elizabeth Báthory's crimes are uncovered.

Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History Elizabeth Báthory
Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History
Elizabeth Báthory

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1649-01-06 The English Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial for treason and other "high crimes"

King Charles I
Charles I

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1703-07-31 Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers.

Novelist Daniel Defoe
Daniel Defoe
  • 1834-02-26 1st US interstate crime compact (NY-NJ) ratified
  • 1854-09-14 Allied armies, including those of Britain & France, land in Crimea
  • 1898-07-08 The shooting death of crime boss Soapy Smith releases Skagway, Alaska from his iron grip.
  • 1930-03-31 The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next thirty eight years.
  • 1932-11-24 In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
  • 1942-05-08 German summer offensive opens in Crimea
  • 1942-09-12 Free-Poland & Belgium asks pope to condemn nazi-war crimes
  • 1944-05-09 Russians recapture Crimea by taking Sevastopol
  • 1944-05-18 Expulsion of more than 200,000 Tartars from Crimea by Soviet Union begins, they are accused of collaborating with the Germans
  • 1945-09-08 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during most of WW II, attempts suicide rather than face war crimes tribunal attempt fails, later he is hanged
  • 1946-07-16 US court martial sentences 46 members of the SS to death (Battle of Bulge crimes) in Dachau
  • 1946-09-30 22 Nazi leaders found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg
  • 1948-11-12 Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo sentenced to death by war crimes tribunal
  • 1950-02-01 USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes
  • 1951-02-28 Senate committee reports of at least 2 major US crime syndicates
  • 1953-09-28 "Racket Squad" TV Crime Drama last airs on CBS
  • 1954-07-04 Dr Sam Sheppard's wife Marilyn is murdered (he is accused of crime)
  • 1956-02-01 Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking
  • 1961-04-11 Israel begins Adolf Eichmann WW II crimes trial
  • 1961-09-29 "Detectives" TV Crime Drama; moves to NBC-TV
  • 1961-12-09 SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) Adolf Eichmann found guilty of war crimes in Israel
  • 1961-12-11 Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes in Israel
  • 1961-12-15 Adolf Eichmann convicted of crimes against humanity in Israel
  • 1962-06-15 South Africa passes a bill setting death penalty for many crimes
  • 1965-03-25 West German Bondsdag extends war crimes retribution
  • 1967-08-15 UK's Marine Offences Bill making pirate radio stations a crime goes into effect, pirate station Radio 355 closes down
  • 1970-05-11 Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina.
  • 1971-01-26 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts law against limitation of war crimes
  • 1974-07-30 House Judiciary Committee votes on 3rd & last charge of "high crimes & misdemeanors" to impeach President Nixon in the Watergate cover-up

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974-09-08 US President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon of all federal crimes

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 1975-01-01 Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell & Mardian convicted of Watergate crimes
  • 1981-03-23 US Supreme Court upholds law making statutory rape a crime only for men
  • 1981-04-13 Pulitzer prize awarded to Beth Henley for "Crimes of the Heart"
  • 1981-11-04 Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart" premieres in NYC
  • 1984-10-24 11 members of Colombo crime family arrested
  • 1986-07-09 Attorney General's Commission on pornography links hard-core porn to sex crimes
  • 1987-04-20 US deports Karl Linnas to USSR, charged with Nazi war crimes
  • 1989-05-14 Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama last airs on ABC
  • 1990-04-18 Supreme Court rules states could make it a crime to possess or look at child pornography, even in one's home
  • 1992-06-22 Supreme Court rules "hate crime" laws violated free-speech rights
  • 1994-02-05 Medgar Evers' murderer Byron De La Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson Miss, 30 years after the crime
  • 1998-06-07 James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas in a racially-motivated hate crime.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999-05-27 The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • 1999-10-22 Maurice Papon, an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity.
  • 2001-04-01 Former president of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.
  • 2001-05-21 French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
  • 2001-11-23 Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary.
  • 2002-02-12 The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion.
  • 2002-07-01 The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005-10-19 Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 2005-12-08 Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, is captured in the Playa de las Américas, Tenerife by the Spanish police.
  • 2005-12-28 A U.S. immigration judge orders John Demjanjuk deported to Ukraine for crimes against humanity committed during World War II.
  • 2006-04-01 The Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed the 'British FBI', is created in the United Kingdom.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007-09-12 Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada is convicted of the crime of plunder.

President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada
President of the Philippines
Joseph Estrada
  • 2008-07-10 Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski is acquitted of all charges by a UN Tribunal accusing him of war crimes.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008-12-09 The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama's election to the Presidency

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2009-03-04 International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur, first sitting head of state to be indicted

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1821-11-11 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (Crime and Punishment), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1881)

  • 1853-04-22 Alphonse Bertillon, France, anthropologist, devised crime ID system
  • 1876-09-06 Willem A Bonger, Dutch sociologist/criminologist (Race & Crime)
  • 1878-12-31 Horacio Quiroga, Uruguayan author/poet (El Crimen del Otro)
  • 1886-07-31 Salvatore Maranzano, Sicilian-born American organized crime figure (d. 1931)
  • 1894-10-04 Cliff Hall, American actor (Crime Photographer), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1896-11-07 Herbert R O'Connor, Balt Md, (Sen-Md)/TV narrator (Crime Syndicate)
  • 1902-12-22 Joe Adonis, Italy, American crime-syndicate boss in NY & NJ
  • 1907-09-06 Elizabeth Morna MacTaggart Ferrars, crime writer
  • 1908-03-12 Inez Courtney, actress (13th Man, Crime Ring, Raven), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913-11-28 Hugo Pos, Suriname/Neth WW II prosecutor of minor war crimes Tokyo
  • 1914-03-28 Frank Lovejoy, actor (Man Against Crime, Meet McGraw), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1917-10-15 Jan Miner, actress (Crime Photographer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1919-10-28 Bernhard Wicki, St Polten Austria, director/actor (Crime & Passion)
  • 1925-10-09 Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure (d. 1958)
  • 1931-10-04 Dick Tracy, comic strip crimestopper
  • 1935-07-05 John Gilmore, American true crime author
  • 1936-04-03 Reginald Hill, British crime author (Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novels)
  • 1940-08-06 Louise Sorel, actress (BS I Love You, Crimes of Passion), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943-03-13 Andre Techine, director/writer (Scene of the Crime, Rendez-Vous)
  • 1943-03-26 Robert "Bob" Woodward, Geneva Illinois, Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate, CIA crimes)
  • 1943-11-05 Sam Shepard, Ill, actor/playwright (Frances, Crimes of the Heart)
  • 1947-05-16 Bill Smitrovich, actor (Crime Story, Miami Vice)
  • 1952-03-27 Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), born in Paris, France (d. 2011)
  • 1954-08-07 Caroline Aaron, actress (Crimes & Misdemeanors), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1955-12-31 Dawood Ibrahim, Indian crime boss
  • 1958-01-11 Diego León Montoya Sánchez, former Colombian crime boss
  • 1958-02-03 Lizzie Borden, director/writer (Love Crimes, Working Girls)
  • 1959-03-23 Epic Soundtracks, English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls) (d. 1997)
  • 1964-01-20 Victoria Sellers, actress (Crime Zone, Warlords), born in London, England
  • 1965-08-04 Dennis Lehane, American crime writer
  • 1972-12-12 Brandon Teena, American hate crime victim (d. 1993)
  • 1977-10-30 Charmian Faulkner, Australian crime victim

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1881-02-09 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (Crime & Punishment), dies at 59

  • 1884-06-18 Juan B Alberdi, [Figarillo], Argentine writer (Crime of War), dies at 74
  • 1931-09-11 Salvatore Maranzano, American crime boss (b. 1868)
  • 1940-05-15 Willem A Bonger, Dutch criminologist (Race & Crime), suicide at 63
  • 1944-03-04 Louis Capone, New York organized crime figure (b. 1896) (executed)
  • 1948-12-23 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during WW II (1941-44), hanged for war crimes at 64
  • 1958-04-04 Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure (b. 1925)
  • 1962-10-02 Frank Lovejoy, actor (Man Against Crime, Meet McGraw), dies at 48
  • 1968-01-15 John Davidson, actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc), dies at 80
  • 1970-06-11 William 'Billy Batts' Devino, American crime figure (b. 1921)
  • 1971-11-26 Joe Adonis, US crime-syndicate boss in NY & NJ, dies at 68
  • 1972-02-03 John Litel, actor (Big Boss, Crime Doctor, My Buddy), dies at 79
  • 1974-01-31 Harry Baum, actor (Crime & Punishment), dies at 58
  • 1979-01-14 Thomas DeSimone, gangster associate of the Lucchese crime family (b. 1950)
  • 1982-06-23 Vincent Chin, Chinese-American hate crime victim (b. 1955)
  • 1985-12-16 Paul Castellano, Organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant
  • 1987-01-30 Ken Drake, actor (Crime & Punishment USA), dies
  • 1994-09-30 Lina Basquette, actress (Night for Crime, Hard Hombre), dies at 87
  • 1996-06-20 Michel Lebrun, crime writer, dies at 65
  • 1997-11-05 Epic Soundtracks, English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls) (b. 1959)
  • 2005-07-30 Anthony Walker, English hate crime murder victim (b. 1987)
  • 2007-12-10 Aqsa Parvez, Canadian victim of an honor crime (b. 1991)
  • 2010-11-10 Nicolo Rizzuto, Sicilian-born Canadian organized crime figure (b. 1924)
  • 2012-01-12 Reginald Hill, British crime author, dies of brain cancer at 75
  • 2012-01-23 Anthony Capo, DeCavalcante crime family hitman and informant, dies from heart attack at 52/53
  • 2012-11-17 Margaret Yorke, English crime fiction writer, dies at 88