On This Day Archive

31st August 1888

Mary Ann Nichols becomes Jack the Ripper’s first victim.

30th August 1918

Vladimir Lenin survives assassination attempt. He is shot twice by Fanya Kaplan a female member of the Social Revolutionary party. Kaplan was executed the following month.

29th August 1966

Beatles play their last ever tour date at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.

27th August 1979

Lord Louis Mountbatten is killed by a 50-pound bomb IRA hidden on his fishing boat, Shadow V.

26th August 1920

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect: it guarantees women the right to vote.

25th August 1984

Truman Capote, author of In Cold Blood, dies aged 59

24th August 1981

John Lennon’s murderer, Mark David Chapman, is sentenced and receives 20 years to life.

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

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