On the 20th of September, 1958 a woman by the name of Izola Curry approached US civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Blumstein’s Department Store in Harlem, New York. After confirming the man she was speaking to was King, she stabbed him in the chest with an ivory handled letter opener. It was also discovered Curry had a gun hidden in her bra.
The crime was considered especially unusual as Curry was African American.
Being treated with the blade still in his chest.
The blade was so close to King’s aorta that it was feared he’d die if he moved suddenly. The weapon was removed via surgery.
With his wife Coretta in hospital on the 30th of September.
Curry was committed to a mental institution, and continued to live in various facilities until her death at the age of ninety-eight in 2015.
John D. Lee sits beside his coffin in Utah moments before his execution by firing squad on the 23rd of March, 1877.
He was the only person who was ever punished for playing a part in the 1857 Mountain Meadows massacre, when a Mormon militia killed over a hundred non-Mormon settlers over a number of days in September.
On the 3rd of February, 1967, Ronald Joseph Ryan became the last criminal to be executed in Australia.
Convicted of shooting and killing warder George Hodson two years earlier while escaping from Pentridge Prison in the state of Victoria, Ryan was hanged at eight in the morning.
He was forty-one at the time.
To his death Ryan maintained he was innocent of the murder, though he had an extensive criminal history that continued after his escape from the prison. His execution led to widespread protests and the abolition of the death penalty in the nation.