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this day in the yesteryear: Sharon Tate Murdered by Manson “Family” (1969)


Sharon Tate Murdered by Manson “Family” (1969)

Tate, an American actress, was nominated for a Golden Globe award in 1968 for her performance in Valley of the Dolls. In 1969, Charles Manson, leader of a cult called the “Family,” sent his followers to Tate’s home with orders to “totally destroy everyone in [it], as gruesome as you can.” Tate, 8 ½ months pregnant at the time, was murdered along with 5 friends. The “Family” committed several other murders before its members were caught and brought to trial in 1971. Who was Tate’s husband? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Dennis Wilson (1944)


Dennis Wilson (1944)

In 1961, brothers Dennis, Brian, and Carl Wilson formed The Beach Boys, one of the most influential bands in rock and pop music history. Dennis, the group’s drummer, vocalist, sometime songwriter, and sex symbol, also had a successful solo career. His longtime battle with drug and alcohol abuse had a profound impact on his life, and, at age 39, Dennis died in an alcohol-related drowning. What was the nature of his relationship with cult leader and murderer Charles Manson? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Manson Family Member Attempts Assassination of US President (1975)


Manson Family Member Attempts Assassination of US President (1975)

In 1967, depressed teen runaway Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme met cult leader Charles Manson, and she soon became a devoted member of his “Family.” In the early 1970s, she was arrested in conjunction with several murders committed by the “Family” but avoided charges. Several years later she was arrested again, this time for aiming a gun at US President Gerald Ford at an appearance in California in what was believed to be an assassination attempt. What did Fromme claim she wanted to discuss with Ford? More… Discuss