Today in Robbery History

Historical Events

  • 1798-09-02 First bank robbery in the US: Bank of Pennsylvania robbed of $162,821 at Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia
  • 1831-03-19 1st US bank robbery (City Bank, NY/$245,000)
  • 1865-05-05 1st US train robbery (North Bend Ohio)
  • 1866-10-06 1st train robbery in US (Reno Brothers take $13,000)
  • 1868-05-22 Train robbery at Marshfield, Indiana by the Reno Brothers Gang, who make off with $98,000

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1873-07-21 Jesse James & James Younger gang's 1st train robbery (Adair Iowa)

Outlaw Jesse James
Jesse James
  • 1883-11-03 American Old West: Self-described "Black Bart the poet" gets away with his last stagecoach robbery, but leaves an incriminating clue that eventually leads to his capture.
  • 1891-02-06 1st great train robbery by Dalton Gang (Southern Pacific #17)
  • 1903-12-01 "The Great Train Robbery", the 1st Western film, released
  • 1920-05-05 Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are arrested on charges and robbery of a paymaster at a shoe factory in Massachusetts, US - the two men will executed
  • 1938-06-03 German law on "Entartete Art" legalizes art robbery
  • 1948-07-28 London's Metropolitan Police Flying Squad foils a bullion robbery in the "Battle of London Airport".
  • 1950-01-17 The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink's offices in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1963-08-08 Great Train Robbery in England, £2.6 million ($7.3 million)
  • 1964-04-16 9 men sentenced 25-30 years for Britain's 1963 "Great Train Robbery"

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1968-04-08 Gangsters Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke commit the Air France robbery, stealing $420,000

Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill
Mobster and FBI informant
Henry Hill
  • 1968-12-10 Japan's biggest heist, the still-unsolved "300 million yen robbery", occurs in Tokyo.
  • 1971-10-23 Three Catholic civilians are shot dead by the British Army during an attempted robbery in Newry, County Down
  • 1976-01-22 Bank robbery in Beirut nets $20-50 million (record)
  • 1976-03-20 Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery

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1976-09-24 Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst sentenced to 7 years for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. Released after 22 months by US President Jimmy Carter

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1979-02-01 Patricia Hearst is released from prison for bank robbery
  • 1981-04-22 Largest US bank robbery in Tucson Arizona, more than $3.3 million stolen
  • 1981-10-20 3 members of Weather underground arrested for armored truck robbery
  • 1983-11-25 World's greatest robbery 26 million pounds worth of gold, diamonds & cash stolen from the Brink's-Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport, England
  • 1990-03-18 Largest art robbery in US history: 13 works of art worth over $500 million are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston
  • 1997-10-04 The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the $17.3 million in cash which had been taken.
  • 1999-02-24 The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery, in spite of Germany's legal action to attempt to save him.
  • 2000-12-24 The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot during the robbery.
  • 2006-02-22 At least six men stage Britain's biggest robbery ever, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or 78€ million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.

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2008-10-03 OJ Simpson found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
OJ Simpson
  • 2008-12-05 OJ Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery
  • 2013-02-18 $50 million worth of diamond is stolen in an armed robbery at Brussels Airport, Belgium

Famous Birthdays

  • 1926-08-06 Frank Finlay, English actor (Robbery, Lifeforce), born in Farnworth Lancashire (d. 2016)

Famous Deaths

  • 1721-12-22 Nathaniel Hawes, tortured & executed in England for robbery
  • 1980-12-04 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies shot during an armed robbery, at 69
  • 1991-01-11 Jason Christmas, dies of gunshot wound during robbery in NY at 49
  • 1992-07-12 Reginald Beck, English film editor (Robbery, Accident, Boom), dies