On This Day Archive

29th March 1971

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.)

28th March 1939

Spanish Civil War ends as Madrid falls to Francisco Franco.

20th March 1974

Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips escape a kidnap attempt.

18th March 1992

White South Africans back political reforms to end apartheid and create a multi-racial government.

16th March 1973

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigns.

15th March 1493

Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first trip to the Americas.

14th March 1964

Jack Ruby sentenced to death for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.

11 March 1970

Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs flees to Rio de Janeiro.

4th March 1969

Kray twins found guilty of McVitie murder.

30th March 1981

President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded in Washington.

1st March 1932

Lindbergh baby kidnapped. The body was found in May the same year.

28th Feb 1953

Watson and Crick discover chemical structure of DNA

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