Crime in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 227

  • 1977-04-28 American defense employee Christopher John Boyce convicted for selling secrets to the Soviet Union

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

Music History

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

  • 1979-02-13 Formation of Guardian Angels crime fighters in New York City

White Night Riots

1979-05-21 Dan White convicted of the voluntary manslaughter of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and openly gay councilor Harvey Milk. The conviction on a lesser charge outraged the gay community and led to the White Night riots.

Murder of Interest

1981-01-05 Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver confesses that he is the "Yorkshire Ripper" and murdered 13 women

Film Release

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

  • 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 Teamsters president Roy Williams and 4 others convicted of bribery

Historic Event

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

Sports History

1985-03-16 Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain is convicted of embezzlement and drug trafficking; sentenced to 25 years but conviction later reversed

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Film Premiere

1986-02-08 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 US Senate convicts US District Judge Harry E Claiborne making him 5th federal official to be removed from office through impeachment; he had previously been criminally convicted of tax evasion
  • 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 American politician Mario Biaggi (Rep-D-NY) convicted of racketeering resigns his 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 becomes one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s. Five teenagers are wrongfully convicted and spend between 6-12 years in prison.
  • 1989-05-14 Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama last airs on ABC

Film & TV History

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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Rodney King Riots

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,

Television Debut

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

  • 1993-11-24 11 year old Robert Thompson and Jon Venables are convicted of the murder of English 2 year old James Bulger

Murder of Interest

1994-02-05 Medgar Evers' murderer Byron de la Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson, Mississippi, 30 years after the crime

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

1994-12-01 Jim Bakker, American televangelist and convicted fraud is released from jail

Music History

1996-02-06 Rapper Tupac Shakur sentenced to up to 4 1/2 years in prison for sexual assault conviction

Historic Event

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.

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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.

Television Debut

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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.

Historic Event

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

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

Historic Event

2008-12-09 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

  • 2009-01-29 Rod Blagojevich, 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

Television Premiere

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Television Debut

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
  • 2014-02-28 Russia moves troops into the Crimea to protect its interests against Ukraine

Historic Event

2014-03-10 German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns Russia's Vladimir Putin that making Crimea part of Russia is illegal and in violation of Ukraine's constitution

  • 2014-03-16 Voters in Crimea vote overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia amid international condemnation of its design

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