ON THIS DAY

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - SERIAL -

● 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.

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