ON THIS DAY IN ...
1859: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, was born of Irish parents in
1897: The Blackwall Tunnel under the Thames was officially opened.
1908: The Wright Brothers patented their flying machine.
1944: The Battle of Anzio started.
1972: Ceylon became the Republic of Sri Lanka.
1981: Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe was found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others.
2006: The Home Office was reeling after the disclosure that hundreds of prisoners had been absconding from an open jail.