September 15 - 1963 - The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
In the middle of the CIvil Rights Movement, retribution in the form of murders and bombings from white supremacists, especially members of the Ku Klux Klan, was common. Yet when four girls were killed by a bomb that went off at the 16th Street Baptist Church on a Sunday morning, the perception of these actions changed among white Southerners. People were appalled by the bombing. That did not mean the perpetrators were easily apprehended and put on trial. The FBI identified the bombers in 1965, while one conspirator was tried in the 1970s. One died without being charged in 1994. The final two were charged and found guilty in the early 2000s, four decades after the bombing actually took place.