On this day, Nov. 23, in 1959, the "Birdman of Alcatraz" was released from solitary confinement for the first time in more than 40 years.
Robert Stroud was sent to prison in 1909 for killing a bartender. He had nearly completed his sentence when he fatally stabbed a guard in 1916.
Stroud had cared for injured sparrows in the prison yard.
The warden was impressed by Stroud's knowledge and...