ON THIS DAY IN ...
1873: The North West Mounted Police were established in Canada - the name was changed to The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1920.
1887: The French crown jewels went on sale and raised six million francs.
1931: Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire opened.
1934: Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot dead in an ambush by Texas Rangers.
1945: Heinrich Himmler, Hitler's minister of the interior, committed suicide.
2006: Britain's beleaguered immigration system is "not fit for purpose", Home Secretary John Reid admitted.