A Blast from the Past

By United Press International  |  July 22, 2002 at 3:04 AM
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Today is July 22.

He was the first person to be dubbed the FBI's "Public Enemy No.1." And on this date in 1934, the notorious bank robber and cop killer John Dillinger died in a hail of bullets from federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater, where he'd just seen "Manhattan Melodrama" starring Clark Gable and Myrna Loy. In a fiery bank-robbing career that lasted just over a year, Dillinger and his associates robbed 11 banks for more than $300,000, broke jail and narrowly escaped capture several times and killed seven police officers and three federal agents.


It was on this date in 1991 that Milwaukee police arrested a man as a suspect in the deaths of at least 15 people. Jeffrey Dahmer, a former chocolate factory worker, would later confess to a string of killings that involved necrophilia and cannibalism. Dahmer was beaten to death in prison in Nov. 1994.

In 1994, on this date, O.J. Simpson declared himself "100-percent not guilty" at his arraignment in the slayings of his ex-wife and her friend. After a high-profile and controversial trial he was acquitted.

And in 1995, Susan Smith, the Union, S.C., mother who had confessed to drowning her two young sons by allowing her car to roll into a lake with the boys locked inside, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

American aviator Wiley Post completed the first-ever solo flight around the world on this date in 1933. It took him seven days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin struck on this date in 1376, according to German legend. As the story goes, a piper, angry at not having been paid for ridding the town of Hamelin of its rats, led the town's children away and into a hole in the side of a mountain, never to be seen again. Historians think the legend stems from an event in 1284, when many young men of Hamelin left on a colonizing adventure.

On this date in 1620, Dutch pilgrims left for America. Their ship -- called the "Speedhaven" -- set sail from Delfshaven, Holland.

And Chicago-based Vee Jay Records released "Introducing the Beatles" on this date in 1963. The album was virtually ignored by U.S. record buyers.

We now return you to the present, already in progress.

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