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1635:

Bri­tish pub­lic in­land postal ser­vices were es­tab­lished, with charges of two to eight pence.

1910:

Wife-poi­soner Dr Haw­ley Crip­pen was ar­rested on SS Mon­trose as it was en­ter­ing Que­bec. He had left his dis­mem­bered wife in a cel­lar at home and was trav­el­ling with Ethel le Neve, his mis­tress, who was dressed as a boy. Crip­pen was the first crim­i­nal to be cap­tured by the use of wire­less teleg­ra­phy.

1950:

Bri­tain’s first self-ser­vice store, Sains­bury’s, opened in Croy­don.

1964:

Jim Reeves, Amer­i­can coun­try singer, was killed in an air crash.

1965:

Cig­a­rette ad­ver­tis­ing on Bri­tish TV was banned.

1975:

Irish pop group the Mi­ami Show­band were am­bushed and mur­dered by Protes­tant gun­men near Newry in North­ern Ire­land.

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