Friday, March 13, 2009

On March 13

On this day in ...

... 1567, German mercenaries allied with Margaret of Parma (1522-86) (left), appointed as the Catholic regent of the Netherlands by her half-brother, the Spanish King Phillip II, defeated Calvinist rebels at the Battle of Oosterweel. Her brother soon would replace her with a duke even less tolerant of Protestantism.

... 1961, at the Old Bailey in London, Ethel Gee (near right below; credit), a British civil servant; homemaker Helen Kroger (far right; credit) and her husband, another civil servant; plus 2 other Britons went on trial on charges that they plotted to pass classified information to the Soviets in violation of the Official Secrets Act. The trial of the so-called Portland Spy Ring lasted about two weeks, during which the Krogers were determined to be fugitives from the Rosenberg espionage case in the United States.

(Prior March 13 posts are here and here.)

No comments: