This rare photo is the last known public execution in America, which took place on August 14th, 1936. It was the execution of Rainey Bethea. This public performance contributed to the end of public executions in the United States forever. This was an item of personal interest and controversy as it involved several mistakes and chaos.
Florence Thompson, who was at the time the sheriff of Davies County, was the one who was supposed to execute the hanging of Bethea; however, when former policeman of Louisville, Arthur L. Hash, offered to do it instead, Thompson willingly accepted. Hash showed up drunk and missed his shot creating disarray out of what was already a controversial event.
In 1942, the authorities collected and stacked all of the barrels that you see in the photo because it was ready to be set on fire. This was during the prohibition when liquor was outlawed. This law was instituted in 1920, and it lasted until it was supported by a coalition of rural protestants and urban progressives.
On December 5th, 1933, this was codified in the 18th Amendment, which was repealed with the passage of the 23rd Amendment. In the long run, however, this has proved to be an unsuccessful project, but it did reduce all alcohol consumption to about 20%.
Inejiro Asanuma was a Japanese politician who was quite known for his controversial socialism and advocacy on the post-war in Japan. He also was known for supporting the Chinese regime at the time. In this rare photo, Asanuma is seen attacked by a young seventeen-year-old with a sword during a televised debate on October 12, 1960.
This highlighted event in Japanese history sparked a mass demonstration and caused the disintegration of the Japan Socialist Party, which eventually was resurrected as the Social Democratic Party in 1996. The young attacker was Otoya Yamaguchi, and right after he took Asunama's life, he took his own.
Babies for Sale
Kim Cotton made history, and the world before her was very different than what it is today. Cotton was the first surrogate mother, leaving an unerasable mark on the pages of history. She is from the UK and working for an agency; she was paid for carrying the child of another couple.
She never met the people who would soon be the parents of the baby she carried, unlike today when many families form a strong relationship with the surrogate mother. Her actions made history with the NHS ( British Health System) after surrogate services partly sponsored by the government.
Mini Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore was truly one of America’s greatest creations. In fact, it was even supposed to be much larger than it originally was. In this photo, we see the monument’s designer, Gutzon Borglum, scrutinizing the scale model. Sadly, this scale model was never continued because the project ran out of money.
Mount Rushmore was designated to celebrate the great presidents of the nation and the greatness of the country they delivered with them. The completion of the memorial site took four years to fulfill, and it represents the first 150 years of great American history. To this day, it is one of the most visited places in the country.