Crime in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

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  • 1976-10-25 Governor Wallace grants full pardon to Clarence Norris, last known survivor of 9 Scottsboro Boys who were convicted in 1931 rape
  • 1976-11-10 Utah Supreme Court approves execution of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore
  • 1977-01-17 Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, convicted of murder
  • 1977-04-28 Christopher Boyce convicted for selling secrets

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1977-06-13 Convicted Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray recaptured

Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. James Earl Ray
Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
James Earl Ray
  • 1977-09-10 Hamida Djandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, is the last person to be executed by Guillotine in France
  • 1978-04-25 ABC premiere of crime drama "Vega$"
  • 1978-07-14 Anatoly Scharansky convicted of anti-Soviet agitation
  • 1978-07-24 Billy Martin resigns as Yankee manager after "one is a born liar the other a convicted one" comment about Steinbrenner and Jackson

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1978-10-24 Keith Richards convicted of heroin possession in Toronto

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
  • 1979-02-13 Formation of Guardian Angels crime fighters in New York City
  • 1979-05-21 Dan White convicted of manslaughter death of San Francisco mayor Moscone
  • 1981-01-05 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women

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1981-02-06 Crime film "Fort Apache: The Bronx" starring Paul Newman released amid protests in the US

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • 1981-02-24 Jean Harris is convicted of murdering Scarsdale diet doctor Tarnower
  • 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"
  • 1981-05-01 Harrison Williams (Sen-D-NJ) convicted on FBI Abscam charges
  • 1981-11-04 Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart" premieres in NYC
  • 1982-05-18 Unification Church founder Rev Sun Myung Moon convicted of tax evasion
  • 1982-07-08 Porn star John Homes convicted of receiving stolen property
  • 1982-12-15 Roy Williams, Teamsters pres, & 4 others convicted of bribery
  • 1983-02-06 Trial of former Gestapo commandant Klaus Barbie begins in France for war crimes during World War II
  • 1983-09-14 Texan San Jacinto county sheriff James "Humpy" Parker convicted of violating inmates civil rights and of torture
  • 1983-09-15 Frances Schreuder is convicted for the first-degree murder of Franklin Bradshaw
  • 1983-12-01 Rita Lavelle, former head of EPA, convicted of perjury
  • 1984-10-24 11 members of Colombo crime family arrested
  • 1984-11-18 NBC premiere of the first part of fact based crime mystery "Fatal Vision", based on Joe McGinnis' novel about Jefferey MacDonald and the 1970 murders of his then-pregnant wife and two children
  • 1985-03-16 MLB Pitcher Denny McLain, convicted of racketeering, sentenced to 25 yrs
  • 1985-05-20 FBI arrests John A Walker Jr, convicted of spying for USSR
  • 1985-09-18 "The Equalizer" TV spy/crime drama debuts in the US on CBS (starring Edward Woodward)
  • 1985-09-20 Curtis Strong is convicted for selling cocaine to pro baseball players
  • 1985-10-26 CBS' premiere of fact based TV film "Children of the Night", based on sociology student Lois Lee's expose on female crime and inconsistent enforcement of prostitution laws in Los Angeles

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1985-12-16 John Gotti assumes leadership of New York's Gambino crime family after ordering the executions of Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti

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1986-02-08 The crime film "A Better Tomorrow", starring Yun Fat Chow, premieres in Hong Kong

  • 1986-07-09 Attorney General's Commission on pornography links hard-core porn to sex crimes

  • 1986-07-14 Richard Miller becomes the 1st FBI agent convicted of espionage
  • 1986-10-09 Senate convicted US District Judge Harry E Claiborne making him 5th federal official to be removed from office through impeachment
  • 1987-04-20 US deports Karl Linnas to USSR, charged with Nazi war crimes
  • 1987-08-21 Clayton Lonetree, 1st US marine court-martialed for spying, convicted
  • 1987-12-21 3 white NY teens convicted of manslaughter in death of a black man
  • 1988-05-19 Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US
  • 1988-08-05 Mario Biaggi (Rep-D-NY) convicted of racketeering resigns seat
  • 1988-09-23 Premiere of director Paul Schrader's crime biopic "Patty Hearst"
  • 1988-12-09 Premiere of fact based crime drama film "Mississippi Burning"
  • 1988-12-16 Political cult leader Lyndon LaRouche convicted of tax, mail fraud
  • 1989-04-19 Central Park Five: Violent rape of jogger Trisha Meili in NYC's Central Park became one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s. 5 men wrongfully convicted spend between 6-13 years in prison
  • 1989-05-14 Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama last airs on ABC
  • 1989-09-29 Zsa Zsa Gabor convicted of slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills
  • 1990-01-22 Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. is convicted of releasing the 1988 Internet worm.
  • 1990-04-18 Supreme Court rules states could make it a crime to possess or look at child pornography, even in one's home
  • 1991-12-13 NY assembly speaker Mel Miller is convicted of federal mail fraud

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1992-02-10 Mike Tyson convicted of raping Desiree Washington in Indiana

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1992-06-22 Supreme Court rules "hate crime" laws violated free-speech rights
  • 1992-10-15 NYC Subway motorman Robert Ray convicted of manslaughter in death of 5 riders, when he fell asleep drunk while in control of train
  • 1993-02-03 General Hospital's Tristan Rogers convicted of drunk driving

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1993-04-17 Two Los Angeles police officers convicted in federal court of violating Rodney King's civil rights and sentenced to prison, while two others are acquitted,
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Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages

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1993-09-27 British crime series "Cracker" created by Jimmy McGovern starring Robbie Coltrane debuts on ITV in the UK

Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane
  • 1993-11-24 11 year old Robert Thompson and Jon Venables are convicted of the murder of English 2 year old James Bulger
  • 1994-02-05 Medgar Evers' murderer Byron De La Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson, Mississippi, 30 years after the crime

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1994-11-28 Convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is clubbed to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver in the Columbia Correctional Institution gymnasium in Portage, Wisconsin

Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer
Serial Killer
Jeffrey Dahmer
  • 1994-12-01 Jim Bakker, American televangelist and convicted fraud is released from jail

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1995-02-06 Rapper Tupac Shakur convicted on sexual assault charge and sentenced to up to 4 1/2 years in prison

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Rapper
Tupac Shakur

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1996-05-28 U.S. President Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1997-08-14 Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh formally sentenced to death by Oklahoma Court of Appeals
  • 1997-08-25 Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill Berlin Wall policy.
  • 1998-02-05 Alberto Acciarito convicted of harassing his ex-wife Ingrid Rossellini
  • 1998-02-17 US Naval Academy cadet Diane Zamora, 20, convicted of capital murder
  • 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

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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 Milošević
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milošević
  • 1999-06-25 In his first state of the nation address, South African President Thabo Mbeki promises to tackle rampaging crime; the nation's murder rate is the third highest in the world and more than 49,000 cases of rape were reported in 1998
  • 1999-10-22 Maurice Papon, an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity.
  • 2000-01-31 Family GP Dr Harold Shipman is jailed for life for murdering 15 of his patients, making him Britain's most prolific convicted serial killer
  • 2000-12-13 The "Texas 7" escape from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas later going on a crime spree and killing police officer Aubrey Hawkins

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2001-02-18 FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison

FBI Agent and Soviet Spy Robert Hanssen
FBI Agent and Soviet Spy
Robert Hanssen
  • 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.

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2002-06-02 Crime drama "The Wire" created by David Simon and starring Idris Elba and Dominic West debuts on HBO

Actor Idris Elba
Actor
Idris Elba
  • 2002-07-01 The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression
  • 2003-08-16 U.S. Representative from South Dakota Bill Janklow hits and kills a motorcyclist with his car at a rural intersection near Trent, South Dakota; he will eventually be convicted of manslaughter and will resign from Congress.
  • 2003-09-23 Crime drama "NCIS" starring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherley, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum premieres on CBS in the US
  • 2004-03-01 Terry Nichols is convicted of state murder charges and being an accomplice to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh

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

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
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.
  • 2006-12-20 A judge rules against the death penalty in the case of Naveed Haq, a man convicted in the shooting death and injuries at the Jewish Federation in Seattle.

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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

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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
  • 2009-01-29 Rod Blagojevich, the Governor of Illinois, is removed from office after being convicted of corruption charges
  • 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

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2009-09-22 Crime drama "NCIS LA" starring Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J and Daniela Ruah premieres on CBS

Actor Chris O'Donnell
Actor
Chris O'Donnell
Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
  • 2012-10-22 6 Italian scientists are convicted of manslaughter for their failure to predict the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake
  • 2013-07-30 Wikileaks discloser Bradley [later Chelsea] Manning convicted of 17 espionage charges

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2013-11-14 Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus five years for his crimes

Gangster Whitey Bulger
Gangster
Whitey Bulger

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2014-01-12 "True Detective", a crime-drama starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, debuts on HBO

  • 2014-02-27 Republic of Crimea announces a referendum and ousts its regional government

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