On this day: March 6

Published On: Mar 04 2013 11:57:04 AM CST   Updated On: Mar 06 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

The Alamo falls, the Supreme Court rules in the Dred Scott case, the Oreo cookie and Silly Putty are introduced, Mike Tyson wins in his pro debut, and Eric Clapton enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a third time, all on this day.

OTD March 6 - Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
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1951: The trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were accused of passing of information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union, begins. The couple would eventually be convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage during a time of war and executed on June 19, 1953. The Rosenbergs were the only two American civilians to be executed for espionage-related activity during the Cold War.

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