Anniversaries

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On This Day: 1667: A fifteen yearold french boy became the first person to have a blood transfusion, when lamb's blood was used to cure his fever. 1683: The Rye House Plot was discovered. The plotters planned to assassinate King Charles II and his brother James, Duke of York.1923: Harry Houdini freed himself after being put in a straight-jacket and suspended 40ft in the air. 1931: Al Capone was charged with 5,000 offences. 1937: Josef Stalin ordered the execution of eight of his generals, over fears about their possible disloyalty. 1961: The government announced the introduction of pedestrian crossings operated by a push-button. 1962: Three prisoners dug their way out of Alcatraz using spoons. 1973: Marlon Brando was hospitalised with a swollen hand, after an angry clash with a photographer in New York. 1987: Margaret Thatcher was elected for the third time. 1991: Five homosexual couples took part in a wedding ceremony in Trafalgar Square as part of a gay rights demonstration. …