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Timothy McVeigh Executed

McVeigh, an American domestic terrorist, was executed for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which claimed the lives of 168 men, women, and children and is considered the deadliest incident of domestic terrorism in US history. McVeigh was an anti-government survivalist and a keen reader of the controversial book The Turner Diaries, which describes terrorist acts similar to the one he perpetrated. How was McVeigh identified as one of the bombing's perpetrators?



William Kemmler's 8-Minute Execution

In 1890, William Kemmler became the first person to be executed via electric chair after murdering his wife with a hatchet. Appeals on the grounds that electrocution was "cruel and unusual punishment" were opposed by Thomas Edison, who allegedly wanted to use the electric chair to convince people that alternating current electricity was dangerous. Witnesses reported that Kemmler's last words were "Take it easy and do it properly, I'm in no hurry." What was Warden Charles Durston's reply?

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Vince Lombardi

Lombardi was one of the greatest coaches in the history of American football, winning five championships in nine years and never having a losing season. He was the driving force behind the Green Bay Packers, who dominated the National Football League during his tenure as coach. The Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Super Bowl each year, is a tribute to Lombardi's successful tactics and passion for the game. Lombardi began his career as the offensive coordinator for what team?

Last updated on Wednesday, 11th June 2008

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