1693: The Ladies Mercury, the first magazine designed for women, is launched.
1929: Bell laboratories in New York give the first demonstration of colour television.
1988: Dave Hurst and Alan Matthews of England become the first blind climbers to conquer Mont Blanc.
1859: The first dog show, limited to pointers and setters, is held at Newcastle- upon-Tyne town hall and attracts 60 entries.
1902: The USA pays dollars 40,000 to France for the rights to the Panama Canal.
1990: The municipal authorities in Florence decree that all horses within city limits must wear panties to keep manure off the streets.
1603: The Globe Theatre in London burns down following an accident with a cannon during a performance of Shakespeare's Henry V.
1620: Tobacco-growing is banned in Britain, 16 years after King James had said it was bad for the health.
1801: The first census in Britain reveals a population of 8,872,000.
1966: The first credit card is issued in Britain.
1837: Use of the pillory is banned in Britain.
1859: Charles Blondin (real name: Jean Francois Gravelet) makes the first crossing of Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
1938: First appearance of Superman in Action Comics.
1951: England beat Australia 17-0 at football in Sydney.
1957: The Egg Marketing Board stamps its first lion on a British egg.
1847: The first adhesive postage stamps go on sale in the US.
1916: The new style Coca-Cola bottle comes into existence.
1929: Creation of Popeye the Sailor by Elzie Segar.
1937: The 999 emergency service comes into operation.
1941: WNBT in New York broadcast the first ever TV commercial - for the Bulova Clock and Watch Co.
1980: The sixpenny bit goes out of circulation.
1900: Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin flies his first airship - the largest ever built.
1924: The British government rejects the idea of a Channel tunnel.
1954: Jaroslav Drobny beats Ken Rosewall in the longest ever Wimbledon final.
1928: The first commercial television set goes on sale in the US for dollars 75.
1954: End of post-war rationing in Britain.