1921: First police motorcycles seen in London.
1926: One-way traffic introduced, and proclaimed a success, in Trafalgar Square.
1956: The Archbishop of Canterbury says that Premium Bonds 'debase the nation's spiritual currency'.
1989: The first annual pig race in Naas, County Kildare, is won by Porky's Revenge.
1908: The First International Congress of Psychoanalysis opens in Salzburg.
1931: A twopence rise in duty in the budget puts the price of petrol up to one and fourpence halfpenny a gallon.
1968: Abortion legalised in Britain.
1981: James Goldsmith's NOW] magazine aborted after less than two years.
1789: William Bligh, captain of the Bounty, is cast adrift.
1965: Harold Wilson becomes the first Labour prime minister to meet a Pope.
1913: The modern zipper is patented by Gideon Sundback, of Sweden. His version improves on the earlier design of Whitcomb L Judson by actually working properly.
1935: Cat's-eyes, invented by Percy Shaw, first appear on British roads.
1901: A new game called table- tennis or 'ping-pong' is launched by James Gibb.
1962: Metropolitan Police set up their first frogman unit.
1979: Jubilee line opened on London underground.
1907: Death of Neil Brodie, reputedly Canada's dirtiest man, who only bathed when ordered by law to do so.
1927: Imperial Airways serves first hot meals on London-Paris flight.
1939: Edition 17 of Detective Comics sees the first appearance of Bob Kane's invention, The Batman.
Feast day of St Gennys, patron of St Gennys, Cornwall, about whom nothing certain seems to be known.
1923: First transmission of Woman's Hour on BBC Home Service.
1982: General Belgrano sunk in the Falklands War.Reuse content