On this day: February 5

POSTED: 10:36 PM PST Feb 04, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 04, 2015 

The U.S. military scores its first aerial victory, Reader's Digest is first published, Disney's "Peter Pan" premieres, and Manuel Noriega is indicted, all on this day.

OTD February 5 - Byron De La Beckwith
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Paul B. Johnson Collection, McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi

1994: White separatist Byron De La Beckwith is convicted in Jackson, Mississippi, of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. Two previous trials in 1964 had resulted in hung juries. De La Beckwith was sentenced to life in prison and would die in prison in January 2001 at the age of 80.


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