October, 1988 -- Federal and state prosecutors reopen their investigation into the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing after Gary A. Tucker, a former bus driver dying of cancer, said he helped set the bomb. No new charges were filed.
October 29, 1985 -- Convicted bomber Robert Edward Chambliss dies of natural causes at age 81 without ever publicly admitting any role in the bombing.
1980 -- Jefferson County's district attorney reopens the case after a U.S. Justice Department report found former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had blocked evidence that prosecutors could have used. No additional charges were filed.
1977 -- Robert Edward Chambliss is convicted of one count of murder in the death of 11-year-old Carol Denise McNair, one of four African-American girls killed in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing.
1971 -- Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley reopens the case.
1968 -- Federal authorities pull out of the investigation without charges being filed.
1965 -- Birmingham FBI agents recommended that at least four suspects be charged with the bombing. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover blocked the prosecution of the suspects, saying the chance of winning a conviction was "remote."
September 15, 1963 -- A dynamite bomb explodes at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing 11-year-old Carol Denise McNair and 14-year-olds Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins and Carole Robertson.
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