660 BC - Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu.
1531 - Henry VIII was recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.
1826 - University College London was founded under the name University of London.
1852 - The first ladies’ public toilet in Britain opened in London’s Bedford Street.
1858 - Bernadette Soubirous’s claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes.
1878 - The first weekly weather report was published by the Met office.
1910 - The Labour Party conference demanded the abolition of the House of Lords.
1920 - The first meeting of the Council of the League of Nations took place.
1938 - BBC Television produced the world’s first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Čapek play R.U.R., that coined the term “robot”.
1962 - The ‘Twist’ world record was broken when an Essex schoolboy danced it non-stop for 33 hours.
1963 - The Beatles recorded their first album, ‘Please, Please Me’, in a day.
1970 - Prince Charles took his eat in the House of Lords.
1975 - Margaret Thatcher became Leader of the Conservative Party.
1976 - John Curry won the men’s figure skating gold medal at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics, becoming the first Briton to win a solo skating title.
1989 - The first woman bishop was consecrated in America.
1990 - After more than 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela walked to freedom from Victor Verster prison in South Africa.
1998 - 18-year-old Michael Owen became the youngest footballer to play for England since the 1880s.
2001 - Ellen MacArthur became the fastest woman and youngest person to sail a single-handed race around the world. The 24-year-old covered 25,000 miles in 94 days.
2013 - Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the papacy, the first pontiff to resign in more than half a millennium.