On this day in history

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Robert the Bruce defeated Edward II at Byland in 1322.
 
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And today 15th? Dutch dancer Mata Hari was executed by firing squad for spying for Germany during WWI at Vincennes near Paris (thanks goooogle)
 
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And today 15th? Dutch dancer Mata Hari was executed by firing squad for spying for Germany during WWI at Vincennes near Paris (thanks goooogle)
she was accused of revealing details of the Allies’ new weapon, the tank, resulting in the deaths of thousands of soldiers.
In my best Michal Caine voice "Not many people know that"
 
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This day in 1666 Samuel Pepys recorded in his diary that Charles II had started wearing the first known waistcoat. The King was so overweight that he left the bottom button undone, a fashion custom followed to this day.
 
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In 1888, Jack the Ripper posted a letter to George Lusk, containing half a human kidney.
(not for sure, but it's likely that this letter (out of many similar) actually came from the Ripper himself)
 

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1946, Hermann Göring took cyanid, in his cell, a few hours before most of the high ranking officers were executed.
 
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