Welcome to The Time Tunnel, a time when life was full of ups and downs, and crazy turnarounds. No matter who you are, or where you were raised everyone has their story… good, fair, or not so good but my mission is to brighten your days with music and historical events that you may have forgotten.
On this day… September 15
55 years ago today, on the morning of Sunday, September 15, 1963, four girls, Addie Mae Collins (age 14, born April 18, 1949), Carol Denise McNair (age 11, born November 17, 1951), Carole Robertson (age 14, born April 24, 1949), and Cynthia Wesley (age 14, born April 30, 1949), were killed when four members of the KKK bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
No prosecutions ensued until 1977 when Robert Chambliss was tried and convicted of first-degree murder of one of the victims, 11-year-old Carol Denise McNair. Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. and Bobby Cherry were each convicted of four counts of murder and sentenced to life in 2001 and 2002 respectively. whereas Herman Cash, who died in 1994, was never charged with his alleged involvement in the bombing.
40 years ago today, on September 15, 1978, Muhammad Ali regained the WBA heavyweight title and avenged his split decision loss to Leon Spinks from seven months prior. He also became the first man to win the World Heavyweight Championship three times. The fight was estimated to have been watched by a record 2 billion viewers worldwide, in some 80 nations.