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Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Convicted of Espionage

The Rosenbergs were indicted for conspiracy to transmit classified military information to the Soviet Union. During their trial, the government charged that they had persuaded Ethel's brother, an employee at the Los Alamos atomic bomb project, to provide them with top-secret data on nuclear weapons. They were found guilty and died on the electric chair, becoming the first US civilians to suffer the death penalty in an espionage trial. What happened to their orphaned children?



Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed, born John Chapman, was an American pioneer who traveled up and down Ohio, Indiana, and W Pennsylvania, visiting forest nurseries to prune and care for them and helping hundreds of settlers to establish orchards of their own. His ragged dress, eccentric ways, and religious turn of mind attracted attention, and he became a familiar figure to settlers. At the time of his death, his properties totaled how many acres?

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Sir John McEwen

Sir John McEwen was an Australian politician and the 18th prime minister of Australia. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1934, and he served in several ministerial posts between 1937 and 1941. He was acting prime minister for three weeks upon the death of Prime Minister Holt in 1967, and he sparked a leadership crisis by announcing that he and his Country Party colleagues would refuse to serve in a government led by William McMahon; what was McEwen's objection to McMahon?

Last updated on Thursday, 29th March 2007

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