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April 5, 2023 | April 5, 1973

WQLN NPR first signed on the air in 1973, and on April 5th of that year – Erie was selected as one of five Pennsylvania cities to host the governor’s commission on capital punishment. In the wake of the 1972 Supreme Court decision on capital punishment – every US state was required to review its death penalty laws and policies.

This Day in History is presented by Chronicles, showing Lake Erie, Our Kin Part 1 tomorrow night on WQLN PBS.