August 2, 1939: Albert Einstein writes a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt concerning atomic weapons. 6 years later, on Aug. 6, 1945, an atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima
Aug. 3, 1900: Ernie Pyle, a war correspondent, was born in Dana, Indiana. His work offered sympathetic insights into the lives of WWII soldiers. After receiving a Pulitzer Prize for the 1940 bombing of London, and war reports from Sicily, Africa, France, he was later killed by gunfire in Okinawa in the South Pacific on April 18, 1945
Aug. 4, 1964: 3 civil rights activists, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, were found killed and buried in an earth-made dam outside Philadelphia, Mississippi. They were there to increase black voted registration. And what made the case more interesting is that a Columbo crime family capo named Gregory "The Grim Reaper" Scarpa helped the case. He had tactics in interrogation not known to police. When he arrived in Mississippi, he kidnapped and pistol-whipped Lawrence Byrd, a TV salesman and secret Klansman. He took him to Camp Shelby, an Army base and beat him severely and stuck a gun down his throat. This led to him confessing where the graves were
|Gregory "The Grim Reaper" Scarpa|
Aug. 4, 1901: Louis Armstrong is born in New Orleans
Aug. 11, 1921: Roots author Alex Haley is born in Ithaca, New York.
Aug. 19, 1871: Orville Wright was born in Dayton, Ohio