On this day: January 2

POSTED: 06:45 PM PST Jan 01, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 01, 2016 

The Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial begins, the Jets give Namath a record contract, Nixon lowers the nation's maximum speed limit to 55, and oil tops $100 a barrel for the first time, all on this day.

OTD January 2 - Duquesne spy ring
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Library of Congress

1942: Thirty-three members of a German spy ring headed by Fritz Joubert Duquesne are sentenced to a total of 300 years in prison in the largest espionage case in United States history. The spies who formed the ring were placed in key jobs in the United States to get information that could be used in the event of war and to carry out acts of sabotage. The ring was discovered thanks to the work of the FBI and William G. Sebold, who had been recruited as a spy for Germany and served as a double agent for the U.S. government.


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