Today in History: August 19, 1960

Soviets Convict U.S. Pilot

A tribunal in Moscow convicts American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers of espionage after his aircraft was shot down. Sentenced to three years’ imprisonment and seven years of hard labor, Powers will remain jailed in the Soviet Union until 1962, when he is exchanged for Soviet KGB Col. Vilyam Genrikhovich Fisher (a.k.a. Rudolf Abel) in Berlin.