On This Day Archive

8th July 1965

Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs, escapes from Wandsworth prison.

June 21, 1985

Pathologists confirm remains exhumed in Brazil were Nazi Dr Josef Mengele

1st June 1946

Television licenses issued for the first time by the BBC – at a cost of £2.

29th April 1980

Alfred Hitchcock dies in Bel-Air, Los Angeles.

3rd April 1996

‘Unabomber’ suspect arrested in Montana, USA.

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.

24th March 1909

Clyde Chestnut Barrow (Bonnie and Clyde) born.

20th March 1974

Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips escape a kidnap attempt.

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