This Day in History This Day in History is a free service of TheFreeDictionary.com http://www.tammymcgarity.com en-us Farlex, Inc. Fri, 20 Aug 2021 05:00:00 GMT 360 This Day in History http://www.tammymcgarity.com http://img.tfd.com/modules/thm_history.png 120 60 Fri, 20 Aug 2021 05:00:00 GMT Infamous Menendez Brothers Murder Their Parents (1989) https://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/menendez+brothers //encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/menendez+brothers# The trials of Lyle and Erik Menendez for the cold-blooded murders of their parents in their Beverly Hills mansion captivated the nation. The "bereaved" sons initially escaped suspicion, but in the months after the murders, they went on a spending spree with their parents' money, to the tune of over $1 million, that raised a few eyebrows. Still, the pair might never have been arrested, and ultimately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, had not who come forward? Discuss
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Thu, 19 Aug 2021 05:00:00 GMT Little Person Eddie Gaedel Has Major League Debut (1951) https://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/eddie+gaedel //encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/eddie+gaedel# At 43 inches (1.1 m) tall, Gaedel became the shortest player in the history of Major League Baseball when he made a single plate appearance for the St. Louis Browns in 1951. He arrived on the field inside a replica cake honoring the American League's 50th anniversary, amusing the crowd by popping out of it. No one suspected his true reason for being there. Browns owner Bill Veeck—a showman fond of publicity stunts—had put Gaedel on the roster. What happened when Gaedel stepped up to the plate?
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Wed, 18 Aug 2021 05:00:00 GMT Priest Urbain Grandier Burned at the Stake for Witchcraft (1634) https://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Urbain+Grandier //encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Urbain+Grandier# Grandier was a 17th-century French Catholic priest who was accused of bewitching the nuns of the Ursuline convent. Although he was acquitted by an ecclesiastical council, Grandier had published scathing criticisms of Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister and virtual ruler of France, who arranged to have him re-tried. Accused of having entered a pact with the devil, Grandier was tortured, found guilty, and burned at the stake. What was presented as evidence of the Grandier's diabolical pact?
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