ON THIS DAY IN ...1533: Henry VIII divorced Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn, wife number two. The result was a break with the church in Rome.
1873: The North West Mounted Police were established in Canada - the name was changed to The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Royal Canadian Mounted Police, constabulary organized (1873) as the Northwest Mounted Police to bring law and order to the Canadian west. In 1920 the name was changed to the present title. in 1920.
1887: The French crown jewels The French Crown Jewels were the crowns, orbs, diadems and jewels that were the symbol of royalty and which were worn by many Kings and Queens of France. The set was finally broken up, with most of it sold off in 1885 by the Third French Republic. 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 be·lea·guer
tr.v. be·lea·guered, be·lea·guer·ing, be·lea·guers
1. To harass; beset: We are beleaguered by problems.
2. To surround with troops; besiege. immigration system is "not fit for purpose", Home Secretary John Reid admitted.