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On November 30, 1917, antiwar activist Louise Olivereau was convicted of sedition for mailing circulars that encouraged young men to become conscientious objectors to avoid military service in World War I. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, she served only 28 months in the state penitentiary in Cañon City, Colorado, before being paroled.
In one of the most elaborately planned crimes of the 1920s, James E. Mahoney killed his wife, and then tossed a trunk containing her body into Seattle's Lake Union. Seattle police detectives unraveled the plot, and Mahoney was sent to the gallows on December 1, 1922. In other crime history, on November 28, 1996, William Scott Hurlock -- the "Hollywood Bandit" -- committed suicide in Seattle after being surrounded by police.
On December 1, 1943, the federal government, in partnership with the city of Seattle, opened a quarantine center for young women infected with venereal disease. The facility was located in Rainier Beach at the Crittenton Home for unwed mothers, which was leased to the city for the duration of World War II.
Twenty-one years ago this week, Seattle came under siege during the 1999 WTO Conference. Things proceeded peacefully enough on November 28, with a scattering of demonstrations. More people gathered downtown on November 29 in mostly non-confrontational protests. But on November 30, all hell broke loose. Despite a "no protest zone," protests continued until the conference ended in failure on December 3. HistoryLink also played an unexpected role in the "Battle of Seattle," which you can learn about here.
"When a white army battles Indians and wins, it is called a great victory, but if they lose it is called a massacre."
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