1742 - The first indoor swimming pool opened at Goodman’s Fields in London.
1849 - Novelist Anne Bronte died of consumption in Scarborough.
1891 - The first weightlifting championships were held in London.
1907 - The first Isle of Man TT race was held.
1908 - Creator of James Bond, author Ian Fleming was born in the wealthy London district of Mayfair. He also wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
1929 - Warner Brothers showed the first all-colour, talking picture, - ‘On With the Show’ - at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.
1937 - German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) was founded.
1940 - World War II: Belgium surrendered to Nazi Germany to end the Battle of Belgium.
1944 - ‘Empress of Soul’ Gladys Knight was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
1951 - BBC Radio broadcast ‘The Goon Show’ for the first time.
1952 - The women of Greece were given the right to vote.
1959 - Two American monkeys returned to earth, after becoming the first animals to successfully complete a space mission.
1961 - Amnesty International was set up in London..
1967 - Sir Francis Chichester completed the first ever single-handed circumnavigation of the globe in a yacht.
1968 - Singer and actress Kylie Minogue was born in Australia to an accountant father and Welsh mother.
1972 - Edward, Duke of Windsor, who gave up the throne in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, died in his home near Paris at the age of 77.
1982 - Pope John Paul II became the first pope to visit Great Britain
1984 - Comedian Eric Morecombe died at the age of 58, after suffering his third heart attack, in the wings of the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury.
1998 - NASA announced they had taken pictures of the first planet to be seen outside the solar system. They named it TMR-1C.
1999 - In Milan, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ was put back on display.