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
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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 (sterling) worth of gold, diamonds and cash stolen from 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 Second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company with $17.3 million in cash 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 O.J. Simpson found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 2008-12-05 O.J. 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