Famous Last Words Harrison Gibson White Sulphur Springs, Montana February 16, 1917 “You can’t kill a smile!” Harrison was one of 3 executed for the murder of a robbery victim, reported upon earlier today.
February 16, 1917 White Sulphur Springs, Montana Harrison Gibson, Henry Hall, and Lester Fahley are hanged for murder The executed convicts were from a group of seven railway workers who robbed a train unassociated to their employer. Gibson, Hall, and Fahley shot their victims after the robbery, which earned them the death penalty. Invitations were… Continue reading Triple hanging of murderers (and a formal invitation to the event)
February 16, 1912 Illinois Thomas Jennings becomes the first person executed based on fingerprint evidence left at the scene of the crime Jennings had killed a Chicago homeowner during a burglary gone wrong. The homeowner discovered Jennings and a scuffle ensued, during which time Jennings’ hand touched some wet paint. The wet paint managed to… Continue reading First person executed based on fingerprint evidence
February 16, 1963 New York, New York A bomb squad moves sticks of dynamite from a car (seen in the photo behind the sign) into a bomb truck
February 15, 1933 Miami, Florida A failed assassination attempt on Franklin D. Roosevelt's life instead fatally wounds Chicago mayor Anton Cermak The would-be assassin, Giuseppe Zangara, was short, standing at about 5 feet tall. In order to see over others in the crowd, he stood on a metal folding chair, armed with a .32 caliber… Continue reading The attempt to assassinate FDR