on this day
British public inland postal services were established, with charges of two to eight pence.
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.
Britain’s first self-service store, Sainsbury’s, opened in Croydon.
Jim Reeves, American country singer, was killed in an air crash.
Cigarette advertising on British TV was banned.
Irish pop group the Miami Showband were ambushed and murdered by Protestant gunmen near Newry in Northern Ireland.