On this day ...
1900: Engine driver Casey Jones died at the throttle of the Cannonball Express at Illinois Central, slowing down the train to save passengers’ lives.
1944: The first of 500,000 prefabricated homes (prefabs) went on show in London.
1945: Adolf Hitler shot himself dead in his underground bunker beneath the Chancellery in Berlin. Eva Braun, whom he had married the previous day, died beside him by taking a cyanide pill.
1975: The Vietnam War ended when the South Vietnam Government surrendered to North Vietnam. Fighting had continued despite the signing of peace treaties in 1973.
1980: Armed terrorists seized the Iranian Embassy in London and threatened to blow it up if their demands were not met.
1993: Tennis player Monica Seles, above, was stabbed by an obsessed fan during a quarter-final match of the 1993 Citizen Cup in Hamburg, Germany.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Joint research between the UK and US was launched, to investigate concerns that a huge Antarctic glacier could collapse within decades, causing a rapid rise in sea levels. BIRTHDAYS: Willie Nelson, country singer, 86; Burt Young, actor, 79; King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, 73; Jane Campion, film director, 65; Kirsten Dunst, actress, 37; Dianna Agron, actress/ singer, 33.