America gives its Army generals five stars, a family favorite amusement park ride is patented, Dylan plugs in, and Roseanne "sings," all on this day.
1941: Emmett Till is born in Chicago, Illinois. His name would become known 14 years later when he was murdered on Aug. 28, 1955, while visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta region after reportedly flirting with a white woman. The woman's husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother J.W. Milam were eventually acquitted of Till's kidnapping and murder, but months later, protected against double jeopardy, they admitted to killing him in a magazine interview. Till's murder is noted as a pivotal event motivating the Civil Rights Movement in America.
Travis County Sheriff’s Office
Courtesy Dan Shakal
Library of Congress
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