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December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks Arrested For Refusing To Give Her Bus Seat To A White Person - Today In Crime History

On this date, December 1, in the year 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.   Her refusal to surrender her seat to the white rider spurred a city-wide boycott of the public transportation system which became known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  Her willingness to be arrested and charged with a criminal offense made her an inspiration to other people who recognized the wrongfulness of using the criminal “justice” system to enforce racial segregation.

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November 30, 1993, President Clinton Signs Brady Gun Control Bill - Today In Crime History

On this date, November 30, in the year 1993, President Clinton signed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which instituted, for the first time, federal criminal background checks on firearm purchasers in the United States.  The Act was named after James Brady, who was shot by John Hinckley, Jr. during an attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981.

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November 29, 1864, Colorado Militia Murders More Than 100 Indian Women & Children - Today In Crime History

On this date, November 29, in the year 1864, a 750-man force of Colorado Territory militiamen attacked a village of friendly Cheyenne and Arapaho encamped in the southeastern part of the Colorado Territory, killing and mutilating an estimated 150–200 Indians, about two-thirds of whom were women and children.   These killings became known as the “Sand Creek Massacre”.

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November 28, 1942, Hundreds Die In Club Fire Due To Owner’s Criminal Negligence - Today In Crime History

On this date, November 28, in the year 1942, four hundred and ninety-two people (492) died in a fire at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Cocoanut Grove was Boston's premier nightclub during the post-Prohibition 1930s and 40s.

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November 23, 2001, U.S. Signs “Convention On Cybercrime” Treaty - Today In Crime History

On November 23, 2001, in Budapest, Hungary, the United States and 29 other countries signed the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention, the first multilateral instrument drafted to address problems posed by the spread of criminal activity on computer networks.

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November 22, 1994, Ex-Convict Kills Three & Himself At D.C. Police Headquarters - Today In Crime History

On this date, November 22, in the year 1994,  Ex-con Bennie Lee Lawson, Jr., entered the Cold Case Squad room at the D.C. Metropolitan Police Headquarters armed with a semi-automatic firearm and opened fire killing two FBI Agents and a D.C. Metro Police Sergeant, before killing himself.

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November 21, 1990, Michael Milken Sentenced To 10 Years For Security Law Violations, Today In Crime History

On this date, November 21, in the year 1990, Michael Milken, who was know as the “Junk Bond King”, was sentenced to ten year in prison for financial and security fraud violations.  His critics portrayed  him as the epitome of Wall Street greed during the 1980s.  Milken's compensation, while head of the high-yield bond department at Drexel Burnham Lambert in the late 1980s, exceeded $1 billion in a four-year period, a new record for US income at that time.

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Understanding Alachua County’s Drug Court Program

The Alachua County Drug Court program is a supervision and treatment program serving nonviolent felony offenders whose criminal allegations are related to drug or alcohol addiction. Alachua County’s Drug Court Program has been operating since 1993 and was one of the first fully functional programs in the State of Florida.  It’s offices are located at 249 W. University Ave. (Rear Entrance) Gainesville, Florida.

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November 18, 1996, Bird Expert Sentenced To 7 Years For Smuggling Parrots - Today In Crime History

On this date, November 18, in the year 1996, Tony Silva, a renowned exotic bird expert and vocal protector of exotic birds, was sentenced to seven years in prison without parole for leading an illegal parrot smuggling operation.

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November 17, 1734 - Newspaper Publisher Arrested for “Seditious Libel” - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 17, in the year 1734, John Peter Zenger was arrested for seditious libel and held in jail for ten months before his case went to trial.  Alexander Hamilton represented him and despite heavy pressure from the colonial Governor's judges, was found not guilty. This case was important for setting a precedent of freedom of the press before America became an independent nation, even in criminal cases.

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November 16, 1957, Woman’s Headless Body Found Hanging Upside-down In Shed - Today in Crime History

On this date, November 16, in the year 1957, law enforcement officers went to Edward Gein's Wisconsin farmhouse and found Bernice Worden's headless corpse hanging upside down in a shed.

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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 14, 1991, Fired U.S. Postal Service Employee Goes On Shooting Rampage - Today in Crime History

On this day, November 14, in the year 1991, Thomas McIlvane killed five people, including himself, in a Michican post office, after being fired from the Postal Service for "insubordination."

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November 10, 1924, Chicago North Side Mob Boss Dean O’Banion Killed In Flower Shop - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 10,  in the year 1924, Chicago North Side mob boss Dean O'Banion was shot and killed in the back of the Schofield flower shop which served as his criminal headquarters.

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November 9, 1971, Sunday School Teacher Murders Family, Disappears For 18 Years - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 9, in the year 1971, John Emil List slaughtered his entire family, including his mother, in their Westfield, New Jersey, home and then disappeared.  Though law enforcement quickly identified List as the most likely suspect in the homicides, it took 18 years for them to locate and arrest him.

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November 8, 1889, Young Afro-American Lynched For Frightening White Girl - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 8, in the year 1889, Orion “Owen” Anderson was lynched in Leesburg, Virginia, for putting a bag on his head and frightening a white female friend as she walked to school.

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November 7, 2000 - California Passes Prop 36 Requiring Drug Treatment Instead Of Jail - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 7, in the year 2000, California voters approved Proposition 36 which required that certain non-violent drug possession offenders be sentenced to drug rehabilitation and probation instead of jail or prison.  It is also provided for a type of “drug diversion” which meant that successful completion of the program allowed the defendant to have their conviction dismissed and their case sealed.

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November 4, 1970, “Genie” Is Discovered, Exposing Bizarre Child Abuse Case - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 4, in the year 1970, “Genie” a feral child, who spent nearly all of the first thirteen years of her life locked inside a bedroom surrounded by chicken wire and strapped to a potty chair by day, was discovered by Los Angeles authorities.  She was a victim of one of the most severe cases of social isolation in American history.  “Genie” is the pseudonym given to the child by subsequent care givers, to protect her privacy.

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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 2, 1979, Assata Shakur Escapes From Federal Prison - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 2, in the year 1979, three members of the Black Liberation Army broke fellow BLA member Assata Shakur out of the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in Union Township, NJ.  Shakur was the step-aunt of deceased hip hop icon Tupac Shakur (the sister of his stepfather, Mutulu Shakur).

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