The Rosenbergs are executed for treason

June 19, 1953 Ossining, New York Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed for selling top-secret nuclear bomb plans to the Soviet Union The couple had many supporters who believed the Rosenberg were victims of Cold War propaganda. However, after the fall of the USSR, information regarding the pair was declassified. The information detailed Julius' role…

Woman stabbed, strangled by jealous man

June 19, 1939 Bronx, New York Virginia Bender (18) is stabbed and strangled by a former boarder in her family’s home Three weeks before, Bender had rejected Blazek’s affections. This resulted in an argument and Frank Blazek (29), a boarder, moving out of the Bender family’s home. On the day of the murder, Bender was…

Mobster Salvatore Giancana murdered

June 19, 1975 Oak Park, Illinois Mobster Salvatore “Sam” Giancana is shot and killed in his home Giancana was scheduled to appear at a committee meeting involving an alleged collusion between the CIA and Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia. Shortly before this meeting, the police detail assigned to guard his house was recalled. The same…