Today in Criminal History

Criminals: Drug Lords - Gangsters - Mafiosos

Related Topics: Bank Robbers - War Criminals

Historical Events

  • 1783-12-09 First execution at Newgate Jail in London (now the site of the Central Criminal Court aka the Old Bailey), relocated from Tyburn (now the site of Marble Arch)
  • 1787-05-13 Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia
  • 1811-03-01 French Civil Code of Criminal law accepted by Netherlands Mamelukes in Cairo's Citadel
  • 1886-09-01 Netherland's New Code of Criminal Law enforced
  • 1900-07-23 The Canadian government reviews immigration policy, prohibiting criminals and paupers from landing in Canada
  • 1902-04-18 Denmark is first country to adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals
  • 1903-09-15 Queen Wilhelmina calls railroad strikers "criminals"
  • 1910-03-26 US forbid immigration to criminals, anarchists, paupers & the sick
  • 1930-12-23 Police Bureau of Criminal Alien Investigation started in NYC

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1932-11-05 Benito Mussolini frees 16,000 convicts

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini

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1933-01-06 Clyde Barrow kills Tarrant County Deputy Sheriff Malcolm Davis after walking into a trap set for another criminal

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
  • 1935-02-02 Leonarde Keeler first uses his polygraph machine on criminals later convicted of assault on its findings in Portage, Wisconsin

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1936-04-01 Charles "Lucky" Luciano" is arrested in Arkansas on a criminal warrant from New York

  • 1967-10-29 London criminal Jack McVitie is murdered by the Kray twins, leading to their eventual imprisonment and downfall.
  • 1971-01-10 Irish Republican Army (IRA) carry out a 'punishment attack', tarring and feathering 4 men accused of criminal activities in Belfast
  • 1972-05-26 In the Republic of Ireland, the Special Criminal Court is re-instituted to deal with crimes arising out of the Northern Ireland conflict; as part of the measures trial by jury is suspended
  • 1984-07-05 Supreme Court weakens 70-year-old "exclusionary rule"-evidence seized with defective court warrants can now be used in criminal trials
  • 1987-01-15 Police officer who mistakenly shot and paralysed an innocent woman in Brixton, UK, is cleared of all criminal charges
  • 1990-02-27 Exxon Corp & Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)
  • 1992-05-18 US Supreme Court rules states could not force mentally unstable criminal defendants to take anti-psychotic drugs
  • 1993-01-19 Israel recognizes PLO as no longer criminal

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1996-06-18 Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, is indicted on ten criminal counts

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • 1997-05-01 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality
  • 1998-09-02 The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda finds Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts of genocide

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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
  • 2002-07-01 The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.
  • 2003-03-11 The International Criminal Court holds its inaugural session in The Hague.
  • 2006-05-12 A major rebellion occurs in São Paulo as members of criminal organization Primeiro Comando da Capital attack police officers and stations, eventually escalating to several prisons in Brazil leaving around 130 dead
  • 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 becoming the first sitting head of state to be indicted
  • 2010-02-23 Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million litres of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, causing an environmental disaster.
  • 2014-05-23 Russia and China veto the U.N. Security Council resolution to establish an International Criminal Court for war crimes in Syria

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2014-07-01 Jennifer Love Hewitt joins the CBS series "Criminal Minds"

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2014-07-02 Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is criminally charged with corruption by French prosecutors

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • 2014-12-13 Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, criticizes UN Security Council for its lack of action over war crimes in the Darfur region of Sudan
  • 2015-12-15 Mayor of Flint, Michigan declares state of emergency over contaminated water supplies amid calls for a a criminal investigation
  • 2016-05-09 Rodrigo Duterte wins Philippine presidential election, promising war on drug trade and killing of criminals
  • 2016-12-12 Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte boasts he killed susected criminals personally when mayor of Davao City

Famous Birthdays

  • 1829-01-05 Sir Roger Tichborne, missing U.K. heir who was the subject of the longest criminal trial in British history (d. c.1854)
  • 1878-06-06 Vincent de Moro-Giafferi, French criminal attorney (d. 1956)
  • 1904-02-03 Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, gangster and FBI Most Wanted criminal
  • 1910-12-19 Jean Genet, criminal/novelist/dramatist (The Blacks), born in Paris, France
  • 1927-04-12 Patrick Meehan, Scottish petty criminal, wrongly convicted of murder
  • 1931-07-05 James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, criminal
  • 1933-05-24 Tony Mullett, dir-general (National Criminal Intelligence Service)
  • 1933-09-16 Jim Gilbert, British artist and criminal, born in London (d. 1995)

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1934-11-12 Charles Manson, American criminal, murderer and cult leader (Manson Family), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2017)

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson
  • 1936-12-28 Jacques Mesrine, French criminal (d. 1979)
  • 1938-09-30 Salvatore Michael Caruana, Mass, criminal (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1941-06-23 Richard M. Richie Roberts, American former Marine and New Jersey Police Detective, Criminal Defense Attorney
  • 1950-01-24 Daniel Auteuil, Algeria, actor (Elegant Criminal, Manon of Spring)
  • 1950-08-21 Arthur Bremer, American criminal who shot George Wallace in May 1972 leaving him paralyzed, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1954-11-17 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1956-11-15 Brian Douglas Wells, American criminal (d. 2003)
  • 1958-03-21 Gary Oldman, English actor (Sid & Nancy, The Darkest Hour), born in London, England
  • 1958-05-29 Willem Holleeder, Dutch criminal
  • 1959-01-31 Anthony LaPaglia, Australian actor (Criminal Justice, Without a Trace), born in Adelaide
  • 1966-09-19 Eric Robert Rudolph, American criminal
  • 1969-11-13 Lori Berenson, American criminal
  • 1981-12-16 Took Leng How, Malaysian criminal (d. 2006)

Famous Deaths

  • 1725-05-24 Jonathan Wild, English criminal (b. 1682)
  • 1857-05-11 E Francois Vidocq, French criminalogist/police officer, dies at 81
  • 1865-05-30 William Clarke Quantrill, criminal/Confederate bushwhacker, dies at 27
  • 1935-01-16 Ma Barker, American criminal (b. 1871)
  • 1956-11-22 Vincent (Moro-)Giafferi, French criminal (Caillaux/Landru), dies
  • 1967-09-19 Monica Proietti, Canadian criminal (b. 1940)
  • 1986-04-15 Jean Genet, French criminal/novelist/dramatist, dies at 75
  • 1991-06-27 Klas Bruinsma, leader criminal organization, murdered
  • 1993-01-01 June Clayworth, actress (Bodyguard, Criminal Court), dies of lymphoma
  • 1993-05-14 Patrick Haemers, Belgian criminal, commits suicide at 40
  • 1994-08-14 Patrick Meehan, Scottish petty criminal, wrongly convicted of murder, dies at 67
  • 1995-01-06 Edward Sutcliffe, judge (British Central Criminal Court), dies at 77
  • 1995-01-28 Jim Gilbert, British artist and criminal, dies at 61
  • 1996-04-13 James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, criminal, dies at 64
  • 1996-07-17 Paul Touvier, French WW II criminal, dies at 81
  • 2003-06-21 Jason Moran, Australian criminal (b. 1967)
  • 2003-08-28 Brian Douglas Wells, American criminal (failed) (b. 1956)
  • 2008-02-20 Larry Davis (criminal)
  • 2010-04-19 Carl Williams, Australian criminal (b. 1970)
  • 2011-09-19 Thomas Capano, attorney, criminal (b. 1949)
  • 2013-02-28 Bruce Reynolds, English criminal, dies at 81