Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pick a Headline

Imagine picking the top story to feature on the front page of your newspaper on this day forty years ago....

March 29, 1971…Lt. William Calley Jr., of the U.S. Army, was found guilty of the premeditated murder of at least 22 Vietnamese civilians. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. The trial was the result of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968.

March 29, 1971…A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. The death sentences were later commuted to life in prison.

Some headline writer's head must have exploded at the New York Post.

(Source: Bob Dearborn's The Olde Disc Jockey's Almanac)