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Al Capone is sentenced to prison

On this day in 1931, gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion and fined $80,000, signalling the downfall of one of the most notorious criminals of the 1920s and 1930s. Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1899 to Italian immigrants. He was expelled from school at 14, joined a gang and earned his nickname "Scarface" after being sliced across the... Read more >

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Michael Jackson Performs in Devon

King of Pop-ped Into Barnstaple

What would be the last thing you’d expect to see at a martial arts demonstration in the sleepy Devon town of Barnstaple on a wet weekend in October? If your answer was ‘an unscheduled performance by King of Pop Michael Jackson including pyrotechnics and backing dancers’ then I would grow very suspicious. As that’s exactly what happ... Read more >

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OPEC cuts production

The Arab-dominated Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agrees to cut oil exports by 5 percent until Israel withdraws from territories occupied in the Yom Kippur War. Failing to achieve that result, Saudi Arabia and several other nations cut oil production more dramatically. They imposed a total oil embargo against the United States and the Netherlands in retaliation for their m... Read more >

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A shoemaker leads German soldiers in a robbery

Wilhelm Voigt, a 57-year-old German shoemaker, impersonates an army officer and leads an entire squad of soldiers to help him steal 4,000 marks. Voigt, who had a long criminal record, humiliated the German army by exploiting their blind obedience to authority and getting them to assist in his audacious robbery. Wearing a captain’s uniform, Voigt approached a troop of soldiers in Tegel, German... Read more >

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Algerians massacred in Paris

Paris police massacre more than 200 Algerians marching in the city in support of peace talks to end their country’s war of independence against France. Tensions were running high in Paris at the time, with Algerian terrorists setting off bombs in the French capital and randomly killing Paris policemen. In response, Paris police chief Maurice Papon ordered a crackdown on Paris’ Algerian comm... Read more >