1630 - John Winthorp, Governor of Massachusetts, introduced the fork to America.
1797 - Admiral Nelson had his right arm amputated after being wounded during a battle off Santa Cruz.
1867 - The first patent of barbed wire was taken out, in Ohio, USA.
1876 - Custer’s Last Stand took place - The Battle of Little Big Horn - when Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his men were killed by Sioux Indians.
1921 - It rained across Britain, ending a 100-day drought.
1925 - A prototype car phone was exhibited in Germany.
1940 - World War II: France officially surrendered to Germany at 01:35.
1942 - Major General Dwight Eisenhower was appointed commander of US forces in Europe.
1947 - The Diary of a Young Girl - better known as The Diary of Anne Frank - was published.
1950 - The Korean War began, with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea.
1950 - Hendon opened to its first intake of police recruits.
1958 - ‘A Bear Called Paddington’ was published for the first time.
1967 - The Beatles performed ‘All You Need is Love’ live for 40 million people via satellite, as part of the first global TV link up.
1973 - Richard Nixon’s counsel implicated him in the Watergate cover-up.
1982 - Greece abolished headshaving of recruits in the military.
1991 - Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence from Yugoslavia.
1993 - Kim Campbell was chosen as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and became the first female Prime Minister of Canada.
1995 - Triple-jumper Jonathan Edwards jumped a wind-assisted 18.43 metres at an athletics meeting in Lille - 48 cm further than the world record at the time.
1997 - A New York charity auction of Princess Diana’s gowns raised more than £1.4 million.
1998 - The Queen opened the new British Library at St Pancras in London.