On this day, November 28th
I currently subscribe to the RSS feed of BBC’s On This Day. I enjoy thinking about what the headlines would have been when I was 10, or 100 years before I was born, etc. Most of the BBC site is about the U.K., obviously, though there seems to be a good sprinkling of world-wide events as well.
One of the things that happened on this day in 1999 garnered more attention than usual:
Eleven people have been injured in a sword attack at a church in south London.
A naked man wielding a 3 ft (91 cm) Samurai sword burst into St Andrew’s Roman Catholic church in Thornton Heath, Croydon, during Sunday Mass.
The man indiscriminately attacked parishioners – injuring four of them critically – before he was overpowered by members of the congregation.
It had to be horrific to those that were a part of it, but it’s a funny thing to think about; a naked man brandishing a samurai sword in a church.