Soviet Spies: The Rosenbergs

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In History
  • Ethel Greenglass born

    Ethel Greenglass (Rosenberg) is born in New York City. Her mother is of Austria and her father of Russia. She had two brothers, David and Bernard, and also a half-brother.
  • Julius Rosenberg born

    Julius Rosenberg born
    Julius Rosenberg is born in New York City. He is the son of Russian immigrants and had one brother and three sisters.
  • Julius first involved in communism

    Julius first involved in communism
    Julius joins the Young Communist League at the age of 14. "I feel that the majority of people should decide for themselves what kind of government they want."
    -Julius Rosenberg
  • Julius and Ethel married

    Julius and Ethel married
    Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Greenglass are married.
  • Ethel signs petition

    Ethel signs a Communist Party nominating petition.
  • First child born

    Michael Allen Rosenberg is born.
  • Second child born

    Second child born
    Robert Harry Rosenberg is born. (Michael and Robert, left)
  • Secret stolen

    In 1949 (exact date not specified), the FBI discovered that the secret of the construction of the atomic bomb had been stolen and given the Soviet Union.
  • Gold confesses

    Gold confesses
    Harry Gold confesses to FBI his involvement in Soviet espionage. This leads to the discovery of David and Ruth Greenglass' involvement and eventually Julius and Ethel Rosenberg's.
  • Julius arrested

    Julius arrested
    Julius Rosenberg is arrested after suspicion was raised. He had previously been fired from his job with the Signal Corps after they discovered he was a member of the Communist Party.
  • Ethel arrested

    Ethel arrested
    Ethel Rosenberg is arrested.
  • Rosenberg trial begins

    Rosenberg trial begins
    The trial against the Rosenbergs begins.
  • Rosenbergs convicted

    Rosenbergs convicted
    Ethel and Julius Rosenbergs are convicted and sentenced to death. "I refuse to answer on the ground that this might be incriminating."
    -Ethel Rosenberg "I would like to state that my personal opinions are that the people of every country should decide by themselves what kind of government they want."
    -Julius Rosenberg
  • Rosenbergs executed

    Rosenbergs executed
    Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed by electric chair. "This death sentence is not surprising. It had to be."
    -Julius Rosenberg
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    Julius in college

    Julius attends school of engineering at New York college and graduates with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.