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Clarence Darrow defended those who admitted responsibility for the revenge killing of one of the accused rapists mainly because he needed the money after bad investments made before the 1929 Stock Market crash. He also told reporters he was looking forward to it because, "I have never been to Hawaii."
According to Hearst's fiance at the time, the kidnappers did not say a single word when carrying out the abduction.
Ironically, the original Carter Family reached their greatest fame after J.P. and Sarah were divorced, aided by tremendously powerful Texas "border radio" transmissions broadcast from towers in Mexico. Soon after, a story on the family in Life was cancelled because of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and Maybelle's side of the family continued the musical tradition.
Contrary to popular opinion today, the fighting between the United States and Japan was so brutal and ferocious that no American leaders of the time voiced any objections to the use of atomic weapons to bring the war to a final close. From surviving records of the Japanese perspective, the declaraton of war by the Soviet Union was perhaps equally important in their surrender.
The last plane leaving Saigon, a commercial jet, was so crowded that soldiers pushed women aside and people crawled into the baggage storage area.
The field of electrical physics was so poorly understood when the first cable was finally laid that the cable was literally burned by forcing too much electricity along its path. A new type of reciever that could detect much fainter current was later envisioned.
Along with her one-time husband Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin, Pickford formed the artist-driven production company United Artists.
Kinsey's academic graduate work was in entomology, specifically the biology and phylogeny of gall wasps.
After World War II, politicians took military transportation so seriously that they funded the interstate highway system as a means of moving men and equipment among all the United States of America.
Castro's first major attempt at revolution in 1953 was an utter failure and he was forced to flee to Mexico to try to gather new recruits for his cause.
Schmeling was such an underdog in his first (1936) match with Louis that the Nazi government had no comments on the possibility of a victory.
RFK actually agreed to let J. Edgar Hoover "bug" the communications of Martin Luther King - according to this episode, because the FBI may have strong-armed him with detailed information on the indiscretions of John Kennedy.