This Day in Jewish History Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Go on Trial for Espionage

The Jewish duo from New York was tried for passing military technology to the Soviets throughout the 1940s; they were put to death in 1953.

On March 6, 1951, the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg began, in New York Southern District federal court, in Manhattan. The Jewish couple had been indicted the preceding August on charges of conspiring to commit espionage against the United States by delivering military secrets -- including information connected to the development of the atomic bomb -- to the Soviet Union.