ON THIS DAY..

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Readers’ Extra -

A year ago . . .

A pow­er­ful Tal­iban fac­tion said it was with­draw­ing from a peace deal with the Govern­ment in protest at con­tin­u­ing strikes by Amer­i­can drones, con­fronting the Pak­istani mil­i­tary with a pos­si­ble two-front cam­paign against mil­i­tants. to Pak­istani news re­ports. 1800: The Glas­gow Po­lice Act, the first such Act in Bri­tain, was fi­nally passed through the per­sis­tence of Glas­gow city au­thor­i­ties. This al­lowed the for­ma­tion of the City of Glas­gow Po­lice.

1859: The great tightrope walker Blondin crossed Ni­a­gara Falls from the US to Canada in just eight min­utes. The rope was stretched 1,100ft, and sus­pended 160ft above the Falls.

1894: London’s Tower Bridge was of­fi­cially opened to traf­fic by the Prince of Wales.

1934: Hitler’s ri­val Ernst Rohm, and hun­dreds of in­flu­en­tial Nazis were mur­dered by the SS in what was dubbed “The Night of the Long Knives”.

1936: Mar­garet Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind was pub­lished.

1940: Ger­man forces oc­cu­pied the Chan­nel Is­lands.

1960: Nor­man Bates was un­leashed on to an un­sus­pect­ing world when Hitch­cock’s clas­sic chiller Psy­cho, star­ring Janet Leigh, above, pre­miered in New York.

1974: Sovi­et­born bal­let dancer Mikhail Barysh­niko de­fected while on tour in Canada with the Bol­shoi Bal­let.

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