ON THIS DAY..
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.