The Moors murders were carried out by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley
between July 1963 and October 1965, in and around what is now Greater
Manchester, England. The victims were five children aged between 10 and
17, and at least four of them were sexually assaulted. The murders are
so named because two of the victims were discovered in graves dug on
Saddleworth Moor (pictured); a third grave was discovered on the moor
in 1987, more than 20 years after Brady and Hindley's trial in 1966.
The body of a fourth victim is also suspected to be buried there, but
as of 2010, it remains undiscovered. The investigation was reopened in
1985, after Brady was reported in the press as having confessed to two
of the murders. Brady and Hindley were taken separately to Saddleworth
Moor to assist the police in their search for the graves, both by then
having confessed to the additional murders. Hindley later made several
appeals against her life sentence, claiming she was a reformed woman
and no longer a danger to society, but she was never released. She
later died in 2002 at the age of 60. Brady was declared criminally
insane in 1985, since when he has been confined in the high-security
Ashworth Hospital. He has made it clear that he never wants to be
released, and has repeatedly asked that he be allowed to die.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
American Revolutionary War: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, became the capital
of the United States for one day as members of the Continental Congress
fled Philadelphia, which had been captured by the British.
Locomotion No. 1 hauled the first train on opening day of the Stockton
and Darlington Railway, one of the first railways to use steam
locomotives and carry passengers.
The physics journal Annalen der Physik published Albert Einstein's
fourth Annus Mirabilis paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon
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The first production of the Ford Model T automobile was built at the
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The Bali Tiger, a small subspecies of tiger found solely on the small
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World War II: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and the Empire of Japan
signed the Tripartite Pact in Berlin, officially forming a military
alliance known as the Axis powers.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
rain on someone's parade (v):
To disappoint or discourage someone
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are
worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them
against all attacks. We have receiv'd them as a fair Inheritance from
our worthy Ancestors: They purchas'd them for us with toil and danger
and expence of treasure and blood; and transmitted them to us with care
and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the
present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to
be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated out of
them by the artifices of false and designing men. Of the latter we are
in most danger at present: Let us therefore be aware of it. Let us
contemplate our forefathers and posterity; and resolve to maintain the
rights bequeath'd to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. —
Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already
made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times,
more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation,
fortitude, and perseverance.
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