ON THIS DAY
● 1485: Morte D’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory, was published. He wrote the tale of knightly love and chivalry while in prison for armed assault and rape.
● 1635: British public inland postal services were established, with charges of two to eight pence.
● 1910: Wife-poisoner Dr Hawley Crippen was arrested on the SS Montrose as it was entering Quebec. He had left his wife’s dismembered body 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: American country singer Jim Reeves was killed in an air crash.
● 1965: Cigarette advertising on British TV was banned.
● 1975: Irish pop group the Miami Showband were ambushed and killed by Protestant gunmen near Newry.