Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

1918 - 1953

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Julius Rosenberg (May 12, 1918 – June 19, 1953) and Ethel Rosenberg (née Greenglass; September 28, 1915 – June 19, 1953) were American citizens who were convicted of spying on behalf of the Soviet Union. The couple were convicted of providing top-secret information about radar, sonar, jet propulsion engines and valuable nuclear weapon designs. Convicted of espionage in 1951, they were executed by the federal government of the United States in 1953 at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York, becoming the first American civilians to be executed for such charges and the first to receive that penalty during peacetime.Other convicted co-conspirators were sentenced to prison, including Ethel's brother, David Greenglass (who had made a plea agreement), Harry Gold, and Morton Sobell. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg has received more than 5,149,585 page views. Her biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg is the 17th most popular mafioso (down from 15th in 2019), the 806th most popular biography from United States (down from 734th in 2019) and the 10th most popular American Mafioso.

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage in 1951. They were accused of passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. They were executed in 1953.

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Among mafiosos, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg ranks 17 out of 54Before her are Jeffrey Epstein, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, Bernardo Provenzano, Wyatt Earp, Meyer Lansky, and Karl Gebhardt. After her are Ned Kelly, John Gotti, Mark David Chapman, Velupillai Prabhakaran, Ta Mok, and Tamam Shud case.

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Among people born in 1918, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg ranks 27Before her are Gertrude B. Elion, Billy Graham, James Tobin, Maurice Druon, Rosalia Lombardo, and Muriel Spark. After her are Martin Ryle, Birgit Nilsson, Franco Modigliani, André Bazin, Ernst Otto Fischer, and Kai Siegbahn. Among people deceased in 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg ranks 21Before her are Hans Fritzsche, Ivan Bunin, Eugene O'Neill, Raoul Dufy, Guccio Gucci, and Erich Mendelsohn. After her are Hugo Sperrle, Richard Walther Darré, Alice Prin, Ernst Zermelo, Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick, and Ludwig Prandtl.

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Among people born in United States, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg ranks 806 out of 15,968Before her are Lee Marvin (1924), Jack Palance (1919), Kim Kardashian (1980), William Friedkin (1935), Joseph Campbell (1904), and Kevin Kline (1947). After her are Maya Angelou (1928), Raymond Carver (1938), Donald A. Glaser (1926), Dave Brubeck (1920), Renée Zellweger (1969), and John Kerry (1943).

Among MAFIOSOS In United States

Among mafiosos born in United States, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg ranks 10Before her are Jack Ruby (1911), Bernie Madoff (1938), Frank Abagnale (1948), John Dillinger (1903), Jeffrey Epstein (1953), and Wyatt Earp (1848). After her are John Gotti (1940), Mark David Chapman (1955), Sundance Kid (1867), Frank Lucas (1930), Richard Kuklinski (1935), and Robert Hanssen (1944).