This Day in History: January 17th

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – On this day in 1950, 11 men stole close to $3 million from the Brinks Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. “The Great Brinks Robbery” went unsolved until January 1956, which was a few days before the statute of limitations would have expired. One of the men, Specs O’Keefe, was in prison for another crime.

Ultimately greed reared its ugly head, as O’Keefe feared he’d be cut out of getting his share. He began threatening to talk to the police which resulted in the other men hiring a hit man. O’Keefe was only wounded, but the attack was enough to convince him to talk to the police. In the end, eight of the eleven were arrested, however, only some of the money was recovered.

On this day in 1953, a prototype for the Chevrolet Corvette debuted at the Motorama auto show at the New York City.

Los Angeles experienced a 6.6 earthquake on this day in 1994. The quake killed 60 people and caused $30 billion dollars’ worth of damage.

In sports, on this day in 1916, The Professional Golfers Association, PGA, was formed by a group of golf professionals and amateurs gathered at the Taplow Club in New York City.

In Alabama, George C. Wallace began his record 4th term as the governor of Alabama, on this day in 1983.

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