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December 22, 1984, Benhard Goetz, Shoots 4 Young Men On NYC Subway Train - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 22, in the year 1984, Benhard Goetz shot four young black men on a New York City subway train.  Goetz would flee the scene until his surrender days afterward.  At trial he would be acquitted of attempted murder and be found guilty of a less serious charge related to his illegal possession of the firearm used.

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December 8, 1980, John Lennon Murdered In New York City - Today In Crime History

On this date, December 8, in the year 1980, John Lennon, a former member of the Beatles, the rock group that transformed popular music in the 1960s, is shot and killed by Mark David Chapman.  He was shot at the entrance of the building where he lived, The Dakota, in New York City.   Lennon had just returned from Record Plant Studio with his wife, Yoko Ono.

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December 7, 1993, Man Opens Fire On Long Island Rail Road Commuter Train Killing Six - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 7, in the year 1993, Colin Ferguson opened fire on the Long Island Rail Road commuter train from New York City, killing 6 and injuring 19 others.  Train passengers stopped the perpetrator by tackling and holding him down.

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November 15, 1959, Four Members Of Herbert Clutter Family Murdered - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 15, in the year 1959, ex-convicts Richard Hickock and Perry Smith brutally murdered Herbert Clutter, his wife, and two children in their rural Holcumb, Kansas, farmhouse.

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November 3, 1979, Five People Murdered At "Death to the Klan" Protest - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 3, in the year 1979, five protesters were shot dead and eleven others wounded by a group of Klansmen and neo-Nazis during a “Death to the Klan” rally in Greensboro, North Carolina.  These tragic murders are often referred to as the “Greensboro massacre”.  The shootings took place in broad daylight, some of which was taped by local television news crews.

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November 1, 1950, Assassins Attempt To Kill President Harry Truman - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 1, in the year 1950, Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempted to assassinate President Truman at the Blair House in Washington DC.  While Truman escaped unharmed, U.S. Secret Service officer Leslie Coffelt was killed in an exchange of gunfire.

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October 14, 1912, Teddy Roosevelt Shot During Campaign Stop - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 14, in 1912, saloon keeper John Schrank shot Theodore Roosevelt during a campaign stop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   Amazingly, with the .32-caliber bullet still in him, Roosevelt delivered his campaign speech anyway.

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September 22, 1975, President Ford Survives Second Assassination Attempt - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 22, in the year 1975, U.S. President Gerald Ford survived a second assassination attempt.  Sara Jane Moore attempted to shoot President Ford outside the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, just seventeen days after Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme had pointed a gun at the president.

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September 14, 1974, “I Shot the Sheriff" Hits #1 On Billboard’s Top 100 Chart - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 14, in 1974, the song “I Shot the Sheriff” was named Billboard magazine’s number one single in the United States.   While the song was written by reggae legend Bob Marley, it was Eric Clapton's version that achieved the top ranking in the music charts.

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September 9, 1971, Inmates Riot & Seize Attica, New York Prison - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 9, in 1971 over one thousand prisoners at the state prison in Attica, NY started a riot that would last four days.  The riot began with the killing of a corrections officer, then the rioters took about 40 prison employees hostage.  Inmates actually seized control of the maximum security facility. 

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September 8, 1935, U.S. Senator Huey Long Shot In Louisiana State Capitol - Today in Crime History

On this day, September 8, in 1935, United States Senator Huey "The Kingfish" Long was shot in the Louisiana State Capitol.   Senator Long was shot after a confrontation with Carl Weiss, a Baton Rouge doctor.   Weiss was shot multiple times by Long's bodyguards and died at the scene.  Long died two days later of complications from the wound.

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September 7, 1996, Tupac Shakur Shot - Today in Crime History

On this day, September 7,  in 1996, rap star Tupac Shakur was shot several times in his BMW after attending a boxing match in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He died in the hospital several days later while being treated for his injuries.

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September 6, 1901, President McKinley Shot By Leon Czolgosz - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 6, in 1901, President William McKinley was shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.   McKinley, while greeting a gathering of people in the Temple of Music, was shot twice at point-blank range by Leon Czolgosz, a self proclaimed anarchist.  McKinley survived for another week before finally dying on September 14, 1901.

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