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1934: Bonnie and Clyde were shot dead in an ambush in Louisiana: The most famous criminal couple in history, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Champion Barrow, were shot dead by officers after one of the most spectacular and colourful manhunts the world has ever seen.

The couple were suspected of several killings and wanted for murder, robbery and state charges of kidnapping. At the time they were killed, in 1934, they were believed to have committed 13 murders, including those of police officers, plus several robberies.

On the night of May 21,1934, Bonnie and Clyde had staged a party at Black Lake, Louisiana. Two days later they returned to the area, but the police were waiting for them in the bushes along the highway. In the early hours Bonnie and Clyde appeared and they were shot dead when they attempted to escape.

Also on this day: 1797: a cartoon by Gillray waspublished which gave the Bank of England its nickname 'The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street'; 1887: the French crown jewels went on sale and raised six million francs; 1960: Nazi Adolf Eichmann, wanted for atrocities, was found living in Argentina by an Israeli kidnap squad. He was flown to Israel to face trial; 1988: the first underwater wedding took place when two Danish tourists were married on a reef in Mauritius.
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Date:May 23, 2003
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