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Here are the top ten articles for the Today in History Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. Arnold Rothstein
We take a look at notorious gambler, mob figure, and "sports fixer", Arnold Rothstein.

2. Charles Manson Convicted January 25, 1971
Was Charles Manson the smartest serial killer of his time or was he just lucky? After a life of crime he was convicted of first degree murder on January 25, 1971 and put on death row. Although still believed to be guilty, he is still alive today.

3. Nine Russian Hikers Found Dead (February 26, 1959)
Nine experienced Russian hikers found dead in the Urals...with some unnatural injuries.

4. Halloween Traditions and Their Origins
Do you know why things like trick or treating and Jack o' Lanterns are associated with Halloween? Read my article to find out.

5. Rose-Mar Killings (November 13, 1966)
Robert Benjamin Smith just wanted to make a name for himself. Following in the footsteps of his new "heroes," he did just that on November 13, 1966 when he shot and killed five women--including a 3 year old child--at the Rose-Mar College of Beauty in Mesa, AZ.

6. Annie Edson Taylor
Annie Edson Taylor was the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

7. A Woman Named Girly (September 10, 1999)
Reptilian aliens. A con-man. An innocent girl. What sounds like would be an amazing science fiction story turns out to be a true case of murder. Girly Chew Hossencoft, aged 36, disappeared on September 10, 1999. Her body was never found.

8. The Battle of Alcatraz (May 2-4, 1946)
The bloodiest escape attempt in the 29-year history of one of America's most formidable prisons: Alcatraz.

9. Japan's Abe Sada (May 21, 1936)
Sada Abe created a scandalous name for herself in 1936 in Japan. During a time when women were akin to property, Sada was determined to control her man--and she did it the only way she knew how...

10. Remembering Lucille Ball
It was this day in history that Lucille Ball was born in 1911. Lucy is most famous for her 1950's television sitcom, I Love Lucy.



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