The American Revolutionary War breaks out, the Soviet Union launches the first space station, the Waco siege ends in a deadly blaze, and homegrown terrorists strike Oklahoma City, all on this day.
1971: Charles Manson and three female "Family" members are sentenced to death for the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. However, all four would have their sentences automatically reduced to life in prison when the California Supreme Court abolished the state's death penalty in February 1972.
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