Also revealed in the public archives today...
Sunday 02 January 2005
Art theft discovered
A British art thief stole at least 2,500 treasures from London's Victoria and Albert Museum. The man, called Nevin, started work as an attendant at the museum in 1930. When police raided his house in 1954 they found it packed withprints, paintings, musical instruments, lacquer boxes and 98 Japanese swords.
Threat to Lady Churchill
Sir Winston Churchill demanded an investigation into how a threat to murder his wife was leaked to the press. An anonymous letter, sent in 1954, warned Lady Churchill would be shot if British troops were not withdrawn from Kenya. Signed "Yours most wickedly" it was sent by a "General Stalin" on behalf of the Mau Mau rebels.
Footballer roughed up
Former England international Kevin Keegan was "roughed up" by Yugoslav police at an airport in 1974. He was left with bruises and a bloody nose after being questioned for 30 minutes. An official complaint was made.
Magazine spread 'vulgar'
Zsa Zsa Gabor infuriated MPs and trustees of the Tate Gallery when she was photographed half-straddling one of its sculptures for the magazine Illustrated in the 1950s. The trustees' chairman, Earl Jowitt, described it as "vulgar and altogether deplorable".
Wilson's submarine plan
Harold Wilson wanted to bring a nuclear submarine to Belfast to restore electricity cut off by the loyalist Ulster Workers Council strike in 1974. A Ministry of Defence official said the plan could not work.
Newcastle winger is in Argentina having chemotherapy
Returning to the stage after 20 years makes actress feel 'nauseous'
Man's attempt to avoid being impounded heavily criticised
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- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook
Islamic State: Pope is 'being targeted by Isis', Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See warns
Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton nude pictures exhibition cancelled after artist concedes photos were 'stolen property'
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
John Travolta addresses former pilot's gay romance allegations publicly for the first time: 'That was the lowest I'd ever felt'
Richard III: Two years after his body was found scientists discover how he died
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
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