1587 - Francis Drake sank the Spanish fleet in Cadiz Harbour. It was referred to as ‘Singeing the King of Spain’s Beard’.
1909 - Joan of Arc was beatified in Rome.
1912 - The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia took 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.
1917 - America fired its first shots of the war.
1930 - The British Broadcasting Corporation announced “there is no news” in their evening report.
1932 - The Budget put a 4p tax on tea.
1949 - Ireland left the British Commonwealth and became the Republic of Ireland.
1951 - The first Miss World contest was held. The winner was a Swede.
1956 - Hollywood actress Grace Kelly married Prince Ranier III of Monaco.
1980 - The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) came into being, with Canaan Banana as the country’s first President. The Zimbabwean dollar replaced the Rhodesian dollar as the official currency.
1991 - Dr George Carey became the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury.