6/12/2011 12:50 PM
BACKSTORY: Significance of June 12
In accordance with the plea bargain struck between his lawyers and the prosecutor, Al Capone was to have plead guilty to a handful of the indictments against him and spend a maximum of two-and-a-half years in prison. However, US Districy Court Judge James H. Wilkerson had other ideas. In response, Capone's lawyers withdrew his guilty plea and a full trial was then scheduled. Suspecting that Capone had bribed the jury, Judge Wilkerson impaneled a second one that heard his case. On June 12, 1931, Alphonse Gabriel Capone was indicted on 23 counts of income tax evasion. Judge Wilkerson found him guilty of five of these counts and sentenced Scarface to 10 years in a federal prison and fines in the amount of $50,000.
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6/9/2011 11:43 AM
In 1948, Harry S. Truman picked the song I’m Just Wild About Harry as his campaign theme. The song was composed by Eubie Blake and lyrics by Noble Sissle for the musical Shuffle Along. I’m Just Wild About Harry was the most popular song from the play. Recognized as a foxtrot, the song was ground breaking because it features an African-American woman singing a song professing love towards an African-American man, this was a taboo in theater.
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