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80 Years Ago, Alcatraz Prison Opened for Business

Alcatraz was open for less than 30 years, but the former prison left an indelible mark on American culture. Today marks the 80th anniversary that Alcatraz Island, site of a former fortress and military prison, became a federal penitentiary for America’s most dangerous prisoners. Alcatraz, which was also called “The Rock,” was infamous because no prisoner ever successfully escaped. Over its history, 36 prisoners made 14 attempts to break free.   However, in 1962, three men were...

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