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On This Day…29.12

By ATWadmin On December 29th, 2006

1170 – Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Beckett, is murdered in his own cathedral by four knights believing they are acting on direct orders from King Henry II.

1675 – In Britain, Parliament orders the closing of all coffee houses believing they are centres of malicious gossip about the Government.

1890 – The Massacre at Wounded Knee – the last major battle between US troops and native American Indians.

1940 – London suffers its most devastating air raid when Germans firebomb the city. Hundreds of fires caused by the exploding bombs engulfed areas of London, but firefighters showed a valiant indifference to the bombs falling around them and saved much of the city from destruction. The next day, a newspaper photo of St. Paul’s Cathedral standing undamaged amid the smoke and flames seemed to symbolize the capital’s unconquerable spirit during the Battle of Britain.

1973 – President Ferdinand Marcos ends his elected term but continues to rule the Philippines.

1997 – Dawn Alford, of the Daily Mirror, who claimed a Cabinet Minister’s son had sold her drugs, is arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis. The Daily Mirror protests to the Home Secretary, Jack Straw.

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