Charles Town, Virginia (JFK+50) 155 years ago today, December 2, 1859, John Brown, having been found guilty of treason, murder and insurrection in leading a failed raid on Harper's Ferry, was hanged by the State of Virginia.
The execution, witnessed predominantly by soldiers, came at 11:15 a.m.
Brown, who had been active in the anti-slavery movement in Bleeding Kansas, had hoped to spark a slave revolt in Virginia by capturing the United States Arsenal at Harper's Ferry.
He and his "provisional army" of less than twenty individuals were either killed or captured by the United States Army under leadership of Colonel Robert E. Lee.
Brown's trial, held in Charles Town resulted in the guilty verdict on November 2, 1859. On the morning of his execution, John Brown handed a note to his guard. The note read...
"The crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood."
SENATE VOTES 65-22 TO CENSURE JOE McCARTHY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Sixty years ago today, December 2, 1954, the United States Senate voted 65-22 to censure Republican Senator Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin.
The censure vote came for McCarthy's behavior of accusing government agencies as well as President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Secretary of the Army Robert Stevens of being "soft on communism."
*Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts did not cast his vote on the censure. He did receive some criticism for his failure to vote. While it is a fact that JFK was recuperating from back surgery at the time of the vote, McCarthy was also a friend of the Kennedy family.