On the morning of April 28, 1996, Martin Bryant bought a lighter, a can of tomato sauce, and a cup of coffee, drove to Port Arthur, a popular tourist site in Tasmania, Australia, and shot and killed 35 people and wounded another 37. The mentally handicapped 28-year-old was found fit to stand trial as a mentally competent adult, convicted, and sentenced to serve 35 life terms, one for each person killed, plus 1035 years without the possibility of parole. How old was Bryant's youngest victim?
Back in the day
Faced with widespread evidence of political espionage and other illegal activities on the part of his administration, President Nixon resigned in order to avoid facing impeachment. Nixon's successor, Gerald Ford, immediately issued him a pardon for any crimes he may have committed as president. In addition to the governmental upheaval that resulted from the Watergate Affair, the scandal provoked widespread loss of confidence in public officials. What was the "Saturday Night Massacre"?
Born on a day like today
Von Trott was a German citizen who used his role as a lawyer and diplomat to travel to London and Washington, DC, to seek support for the Nazi resistance. In order to better monitor Nazi activities and party information, von Trott joined the Nazi party in 1940. At the same time, he served as a foreign policy advisor to the Kreisau Circle, a clandestine group of intellectuals that planned to overthrow the Nazi regime. Von Trott was hanged in 1944 after being arrested for attempting to do what?