1870 - Parliament passed the Married Women’s Property Act, which meant women no longer had to sign all their property over to their husbands when they married.
1892 - Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph.
1902 - Edward VII was crowned King at Westminster Abbey.
1907 - The first Boy Scout encampment concluded at Brownsea Island in southern England.
1930 - Betty Boop made her cartoon debut in Dizzy Dishes.
1936 -American athlete Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics.
1942 - Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi was arrested in Bombay by British forces, launching the Quit India Movement.
1945 - The second atom bomb of World War II was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.
1958 - Cliff Richard signed his first recording contract with EMI, and began a four-week residency at Butlins in Clacton on Sea.
1979 - Britain’s first nudist beach opened in Brighton.
1986 - David Childs set the loop-the-loop record, when his plane completed 2,368 loops.