Happy Anniversary: A look back at the week ahead
Monday 27 June 1994
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.
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Arts & Ents blogs
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Sharknado 2: Former WWE wrestler Kurt Angle to fight second wave of flying sharks
Call The Midwife: Jessica Raine leaves in series three finale
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
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Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
- 1 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 2 Pakistan vs Paul Smith: Sandal-wearers bemused by famed British designer's attempts to sell traditional Peshawari chappal-style shoes for the distinctly untraditional sum of £300
- 3 North Korea elections: Kim Jong-un wins 100% of the vote
- 4 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 5 Sharknado 2: Former WWE wrestler Kurt Angle to fight second wave of flying sharks