On this day in 1934, notorious American outlaws ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ were killed in a police ambush.
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow robbed a series of banks throughout the late 1920s and early 1930s throughout middle America. Despite their high-profile bank robberies, the pair and their gang mostly robbed smaller stores and gas stations, but the big scores were what made them infamous.
On the day of May 23rd, 1934 the pair were spotted by six policeman, in broad daylight, stood beside their car. They were shot dead by the assembled coalition of Texan and Louisianan patrol officers in Bienville Parish, Louisianna.
Other historical events On This Day include:
- Whipsnade Zoo opens. (1931)
- Manchester United win the FA Cup following a () victory in the final over Newcastle United. (1999)
- A Staffordshire man places a 30p bet with odds of 1,666,666/1, predicting 15 league winners from football, rugby and cricket. He won £500,000. (2001)
- BBC staff and journalists stage a 24 hour protest strike over plans to cut 3,700 jobs. The strike severely affected that day’s output. (2005).