August 23 - 1927 - The Execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were the most famous condemened prisoners in the world, as many intellectuals, activists, and radicals were certain they were wrongfully convicted of killing two men in a payroll robbery. This notable miscarriage of justice actually has a surprising amount of evidence pointing towards the convicted, but none of which is damning and which was presented in a less than perfect judicial process. Sacco and Vanzetti were committed anarchists who were friends with many people known to have planted bombs near government buildings and officials. There was also never real firm proof either man was at the scene of the murder. Their guilt or innocence has been debated ever since the execution.