1733 - Britain’s first lioness died in the Tower of London, where she had been looked after by the Keeper of the Lion Office.
1833 - Barney Flaherty answered an ad in The New York Sun and became the first paperboy, aged 10.
1846 - Queen Victoria and Prince Albert moved into Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight.
1888 - George Eastman patented the first roll-film camera.
1893 - Beatrix Potter told the Peter Rabbit story for the first time.
1909 - The first Boy Scout rally was held at London’s Crystal Palace.
1912 - The first collision on the London Underground; 22 people were injured.
1935 - Sir Malcolm Campbell reached a speed of 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, becoming the first person to drive an automobile over 300 mph.
1939 - France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia declared war on Germany after the invasion of Poland, forming the Allies.
1941 - The first gas chamber experiments were conducted at Auschwitz.
1950 - “Nino” Farina became the first Formula One Drivers’ champion after winning the Italian Grand Prix.
1955 - Kenneth Kendall became the first television newsreader to appear on screen.
1962 - The Beatles began their first ever recording session in Abbey Road studios.
1964 - The Forth Road Bridge opened.
1966 - Jack Brabham became the first man to win the World Drivers’ Championship in a car he built.
1972 - 22-year-old American swimmer Mark Spitz won his seventh Olympic gold medal at the Munich Games.
1985 - The wreck of The Titanic was photographed by remote control.
1991 - The Big Issue launched.
2000 - After 19 years, the final women protestors left Greenham Common.
2006 - ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin died from a stingray barb to the heart while filming for a television programme.