After the failure of court appeals and of a worldwide campaign for mercy, husband and wife Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were put to death this day in 1953, becoming the first American civilians to be executed for espionage.
More Events on this day:
1961: Great Britain recognized Kuwait‘s independence.
1934: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was organized in the United States.
1867: The emperor of Mexico, Maximilian, was executed by a firing squad.
1846: Alexander Joy Cartwright arranged a baseball game between the New York Knickerbockers and the New York Nine at Hoboken, New Jersey—the first baseball game to use the set of rules on which today’s game is based.
Source: Encyclopædia Britannica Online Daily