Born: May 12, 1915 AD
Died: 1953 AD, at 38 years of age.
1918 - Born in New York City on the 12th of May.
1936 - He became a leader in the Young Communist League.
1939 - He graduated from the City College of New York with a degree in electrical engineering.
1940 - Joined the Army Signal Corps, where he worked on radar equipment.
1942 - According to his former KGB handler, Alexandre Feklisov, Julius Rosenberg was originally recruited by the KGB on Labor Day, by former KGB spymaster Semyon Semyonov.
1944 - After Semenov was recalled to Moscow, his duties were taken over by his apprentice, Feklisov.
1949 - After the war, the U.S. continued to resist efforts to share nuclear secrets, but the Soviet Union was able to produce its own atomic weapons.
1950 - It was then discovered in January that Klaus Fuchs, a German refugee theoretical physicist working for the British mission in the Manhattan Project, had given key documents to the Russians throughout the war.
- Through Fuchs' confession, U.S. and United Kingdom intelligence agents were able to make a case against his "courier," Harry Gold, who was arrested on the 23rd of May.
1951 - The case against the Rosenbergs and Sobell began on the 6th of March.
- The Rosenbergs were convicted on the 29th of March, and on April 5 were sentenced to death by Judge Irving Kaufman under Section 2 of the 1917 Espionage Act, 50 U.S. Code 32, which prohibits transmitting or attempting to transmit to a foreign government information "relating to the national defense.
1953 - The couple were executed at sundown in the electric chair at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Westchester County, New York, on the 19th of June.
1956 - The government claimed he had been deported, but the Mexican government officially declared that he had never been deported.
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