December 9, 1935 Minneapolis, Minnesota Walter Liggett is shot to death in front of his wife and children Liggett was a journalist crusading against corrupt politicians and organized crime. On December 9, with his wife and children in a car mere inches away, he was gunned down by a Thompson submachine gun, sometimes referred to… Continue reading Murder of a journalist
December 8, 1905 Windsor, Vermont Mary Mabel Rogers becomes the last woman legally executed in the state of Virginia (Side note: there is an independent movie in the making about Mary's life, her husband's murder, and her execution. Check out the Facebook page here) Mary married her husband Marcus when she was 17 in 1900.… Continue reading The last woman legally executed in Vermont
December 8, 1980 Manhattan, New York John Lennon is murdered by Mark David Chapman Chapman targeted the lead singer of The Beatles simply because he was famous. He stated during a parole board meeting "It wasn't anything against her husband as a person, only as a famous person. If he was less famous than three… Continue reading John Lennon murdered
December 8, 1942 California The only caption accompanying this death reads "suicide." I could not find any further information regarding this man's identity, reason for suicide, or even his exact method of death.
December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii territory Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service fighters attack a US naval base with the belief the strike would send the US a message to not interfere with the Imperial Japanese's plans in Southeast Asia The 3-hour surprise attack claimed the lives of 2,335 American forces, injured 1,143, and caused… Continue reading Attack on Pearl Harbor