Back in the Day: US police kill Bonnie and Clyde

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Back in the Day: US police kill Bonnie and Clyde

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May 23, 1934. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot dead by Texas police after a two-year crime spree together that left 13 people, including nine police officers dead. Barrow had spent time in prison – where he had killed an inmate – by the time the pair first met in 1930. Together, Bonnie and Clyde and their gang robbed banks and shops and also broke fellow gang members out of prsion. Texas policeman Frank Hamer was specially assigned to tracking down the infamous outlaws, and he and his team shot and killed them in an ambush outside their hideout in Louisiana.

Also on May 23: Henry VIII’s marriage to first wife, Catherine of Aragon, is declared null and void (1533); head of the Nazi SS, Hermann Himmler commits suicide in Allied custody (1945); creation of the Federal Republic of Germany (1949); Northern Irish voters approve the Good Friday peace agreement (1998)

Born on May 23: Joan Collins (1933), Anatoly Karpov (1951), Rubens Barrichello (1972).