ON THIS DAY: October 17

ON THIS DAY: October 17

ON THIS DAY IN TEENAGE HISTORY (1933), seventeen-year-old Anastasia Scott swam a mile and a half from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore. She was the second woman to make the swim from the island that would serve as a supposedly escape-proof federal prison from 1934 to 1963. Many high-security prisoners occupied the Alcatraz prison, including Al Capone and “Machine Gun” Kelly. Although dozens of inmates tried to swim from the island, there were no confirmed successes. The prison closed in 1963 because it was too costly to operate: food, supplies, fresh water, and fuel had to be brought to Alcatraz by boat. Scott made her swim in 43 minutes.

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