The Winter Olympics are born, the Battle of the Bulge comes to an end, Charles Manson is found guilty, the Iran hostages arrive home, and Egypt begins rising up, all on this day.
1996: Billy Bailey becomes the last person to be hanged in the United States when he is executed in Smyrna, Delaware. Bailey, who was convicted in the 1979 shooting deaths of an elderly farming couple, was only the third person to be hanged in the United States since 1965 and the first hanged in Delaware in 50 years. Although Bailey had been sentenced to hang, because the method of execution in Delaware had been changed to lethal injection, he had the option of choosing that method, but declined. Only the states of Washington and New Hampshire still permit the hanging method of execution as of 2015.
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