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In History, 07-21

Today in...

1298, Edward Longshanks defeated William Wallace's Scottish rebels at Falkirk.

1542, Pope Paul III began the inquisition (Sactum Officium).

1730, Holland imposed the death penalty on sodomy. In 2001, it became the first nation to legalize homosexual marriage.

1924, Don Knotts was born in Morgantown WV. Fifty-one years later, in 1975, Knotts and accomplice Tim Conway were apprehended while attempting the robbery of a bank in Quake City CA. After a brief trial, presided over by judge Harry Morgan, they were sentenced to hang.

1925, following a sensational 12-day trial, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution in his Dayton, TN classroom and was fined $100. My, how times have changed.

2005-07-21 at 8:00 AM MT | |