1702 - Queen Anne came to the throne after William III died in a riding accident.
1817 - The New York Stock Exchange was founded.
1910 - The first pilot’s licences were issued to an Englishman, JTC Moore Brabazon, and a French woman, Elise Deroche.
1917 - The February Revolution began in the Russian city of Petrograd (St Petersburg).
1946 - Bananas arrived in Covent Garden for the first time since the outbreak of war.
1957 - Egypt re-opened the Suez Canal after the Suez Crisis.
1966 - Nelson’s Pillar in Dublin was destroyed by a bomb.
1974 – Charles de Gaulle Airport opened in Paris.
1978 - The first radio episode of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, by Douglas Adams, was transmitted on BBC Radio 4.
1979 - Philips demonstrated the compact disc publicly for the first time.
2001 - The wreckage of Donald Campbell’s Bluebird was brought to the surface 34 years after it crashed at Coniston water, killing the speed ace.