Former East Germany leader

On August 25, 1997, Egon Krenz, the former of East Germany was convicted of

Former East Germany leader

On August 25, 1997, Egon Krenz, the former of East Germany was convicted of for promulgating a policy of

Five executed for witchcraft in Salem

On August 19, 1692, 5 people - four men and a woman - were executed for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. Learn more about the Salem Witch Trials.

USSR sentences US pilot to 10 years for espionage

On August 19, 1960, US spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was sentenced to 10-years in prison by the Soviet Union after being convicted of espionage. Powers was captured and tried by the USSR after his U-2 was shot down while flying a mission over Soviet airspace. In 1962, Powers was returned to the US as part of a prisoner-exchange agreement.

Read documents about Francis Gary Powers from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, and learn more about the spy-plane incident from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library.

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