On This Day Archive
Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs, escapes from Wandsworth prison.
Pathologists confirm remains exhumed in Brazil were Nazi Dr Josef Mengele
Samuel Morse patents his telegraph
Queen Elizabeth II is crowned.
The first Pulitzer Prize is Awarded.
Television licenses issued for the first time by the BBC – at a cost of £2.
Alfred Hitchcock dies in Bel-Air, Los Angeles.
Charles Manson and three members of his cult were sentenced to death in Los Angeles. (The California Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in 1972 and the four were given life sentences.)
Spanish Civil War ends as Madrid falls to Francisco Franco.
Clyde Chestnut Barrow (Bonnie and Clyde) born.
Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips escape a kidnap attempt.