Archive for August 24th, 2019

KILLER SENTENCED ON THIS DAY IN 1981

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On August 24, 1981, Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to
life for the murder of John Lennon, a founding member of The Beatles.

On December 8, 1980, Chapman shot and killed the 40-year-old singer,
songwriter, outside Lennon’s New York City apartment building, the
Dakota, where he lived with his wife Yoko Ono and their young son
Sean.

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John Lennon signs an autograph for Mark Chapman (right) – his murderer. December 8, 1980.

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Mark David Chapman turned 64 in May.

Chapman’s requests for parole have all been
denied and he continues to serve time in a 
New York prison.

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WHITE HOUSE SET ON FIRE ON THIS DAY IN 1814

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During the
War of 1812 between the United States and England, British troops
enter Washington, D.C. and burn the
White House in retaliation for the
American attack on the city of York in Ontario, Canada, in June 1812.

When the British arrived at the White House, they found that President James Madison and his first lady Dolley had already fled to safety in Maryland.

Soldiers reportedly sat down to eat a meal made of leftover food from the
White House scullery using White House dishes and silver before ransacking
the presidential mansion and setting it ablaze.

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James Madison Jr. (March 16, 1751– June 28, 1836)

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Remains of the White House after the fire of 1814.

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