March 01

This Day in History

1978

Charlie Chaplin’s Coffin Stolen

In a daring act of corpse-theft, two men stole and spirited away the corpse of legendary silent film star Charlie Chaplin from a Swiss cemetery near Lausanne, on this day in 1978. Chaplin had died … (more...)

1950

Fuchs guilty of espionage

In London, Klaus Fuchs, a German-born physicist who helped build the first two U.S. atomic bombs, is convicted of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. Because he committed the espionage before … (more...)

1360

Chaucer Is Ransomed

On this day in 1360, a ransom was met to secure the release of the great English writer Geoffrey Chaucer. The young writer, only 17 years old at the time, had been captured by the French during the … (more...)