1923: The House of Lords passes a bill declaring that a married woman who commits an offence in the presence of her husband may no longer be deemed to have been coerced by him.
1950: The Assembly in Paris passes a bill curbing the sale of Coca-Cola.
1988: In Miami, a 90-year-old man is charged with beating his 76- year-old bride to death with a hammer, during an argument over their honeymoon plans.
1880: Pennsylvania becomes the first US state to abolish slavery.
1934: The Prince of Wales says: 'I see no reason why women should not wear shorts.'
1954: The US make their first H- bomb test at Bikini Atoll.
1966: After a flight of three-and-a- half months, the Russian probe Venus III lands on Venus, the first craft to land on another planet.
Birthday of two popes: Leo XIII (1810) and Pius XII (1876) as well as Cardinal Basil Hume (1923).
1717: The first ballet, The Loves of Mars and Venus, is presented at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
1958: Gary Sobers scores 365 not out, the highest test score, against Pakistan at Kingston, Jamaica.
1895: Compulsory driving tests for cyclists are instituted in Munich.
1904: Kaiser Wilhelm makes the first recording of a political speech on an Edison cylinder.
1931: 'The Star-Spangled Banner' becomes the official US national anthem.
1919: Oxford University drops compulsory Greek as an entrance requirement.
1924: The song 'Happy Birthday to You' is published by Clayton F Summy.
1944: Researchers claim that tests on 3,341 children in Bath have shown that babies conceived in winter are the most intelligent.
1946: Winston Churchill says 'an iron curtain has descended across Europe,' in a speech at Fulton, Missouri.
1960: Elvis Presley is discharged from the army.
1986: Villagers near Malacca, Malaysia, beat to death a dog believed to be one of a gang of thieves who tranform themselves to animals.
1902: The army permits soldiers to wear gloves on or off duty.
1924: Pius XI becomes the first pope to have a wireless installed in the Vatican.
1946: The Food Ministry in London issues a recipe for squirrel pie.Reuse content