On this day in 1864 during his "march to the sea" General William Tecumseh Sherman starts the burning of Atlanta. After building a stockade of supplies Sherman ordered the burning of the business district of Atlanta to prevent Confederates recovering anything of use after he left. Sherman would cause similar destruction as he worked his way to Savannah, Georgia.
On this day in 2004 Scott Peterson is found guilty of the murder of his wife, Laci, and their unborn child in Modesto, California. Laci Peterson was reported missing on Christmas Eve of 2002. His mistress came forward a month later shattering the image of Mr. Peterson being a devoted husband. He referred to himself as a widower even before the authorities discovered Laci's body in San Francisco Bay near where Scott kept his boat. He was arrested in San Diego with his brothers passport, large amounts of cash, and a new hair color. He plead not guilty. The act failed and he was sentenced to death.
On this day in 1979 President Jimmy Carter ends all imports of oil from Iran in response to the hostage crisis in Tehran. All that this achieved was the rise in oil prices and high gas prices in the US. Did he really think an oil embargo would make inspired students change their minds about abducting Americans? Carter had once said Iran was "an island of stability in the Middle East". This act formally ended the friendly relations between the two nations.