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1951: Atomic Spies Convicted in the Rosenberg Case

1951: Atomic Spies Convicted in the Rosenberg Case
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/ The Rosenbergs after being found guilty

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  • Historical event:
  • 29 March 1951
  • Spouses Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were New York Jewish immigrants and communists. Their goal was, allegedly, to steal the secret of U.S. nuclear weapons production and deliver it to the USSR.

On this day the married Rosenberg couple was sentenced for espionage against the United States. 

Their case became one of the most famous spy scandals in world history. Their goal was, allegedly, to steal the secret of U.S. nuclear weapons production and deliver it to the USSR.

Spouses Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were New York Jewish immigrants and communists.

A jury in New York on this day pronounced the Rosenbergs guilty of espionage. A few days later they were sentenced to death.

Famous scientists and artists such as Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, and Jean Paul Sartre raised their voice against the sentence and appealed that the Rosenberg’s lives be spared.

Even Pope Pius XII asked for them to be pardoned, but the spouses were nonetheless executed on 19 June 1953, at the electric chair at Sing Sing.

It was the first execution of civilians convicted of spying in the entire history of the United States.

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