On this day in 2013, Lee Rigby was brutally murdered in the streets of Woolwich in south-east London.
It is believed Rigby was attacked completely at random and only because he was wearing a ‘Help for Heroes’ hoody at the time.
25-year-old Rigby had previous served in the 2nd Battalion of Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in Cyprus, Afghanistan and Germany.
His murderers, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, committed the act in broad daylight outside a local primary school. They were approached by members of the public, at the time, who pleaded with them to stop and recorded their actions on mobile phones.
Armed police appeared on the scene less than fifteen minutes after the emergency call was received, where upon the attackers charged with their weapons; a gun and a meat cleaver. The Police wounded both men with shots and took them into custody.
Both Adebolajo and Adebowale were unrepentant during their trial and, following an unsuccessful appeal, were both sentenced to life imprisonment, with the former given a whole life order and the latter told he must serve at least 45 years.
Other events throughout history On This Day include:
- The Wright Brothers’ first patent for a ‘flying machine’ was approved. (1906)
- An earthquake measuring 8.6 on the Richter Scale hit Xining, China. (1927)
- The Beatles’ ‘Ticket to Ride’ hits Number One. (1965).
- Peter Sutcliffe, otherwise known as The Yorkshire Ripper, was sentenced to life imprisonment at The Old Bailey following six years of evading Police. (1981)