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ON THIS DAY.

1533: Henry VIII divorced Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn, wife number two. The result was a break with the church in Rome. 1701: Scottish pirate William Kidd was hanged at Execution Dock in London for piracy.

1706: Marlborough defeated the French at the Battle of Ramilles in Belgium.

1795: Sir Charles Barry, architect, was born in Westminster. With assistant Augustus Pugin, he designed the new Houses of Parliament.

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 near Gibland, Louisiana. 1945: Heinrich Himmler, Hitler's minister of the interior, committed suicide. 1960: The Israelis announced the capture of war criminal Adolf Eichmann. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A "reckless" Indian restaurant owner who was convicted of killing a customer with a nut allergy by supplying him with a takeaway containing peanuts was jailed for six years.

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