Happy Anniversary: 'Gorgeous Gussie' shocks Wimbledon

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SOME of the more curious happenings of this week in history.

20 June

1921: Washington imposes fines on women caught smoking: dollars 25 plus dollars 100 per cigarette.

1949: Scandal at Wimbledon as 'Gorgeous Gussie' Moran plays in a skirt so short that it exposes her lace-trimmed panties.

1963: The White House and the Kremlin agree to set up a 'hot line' telephone link.

21 June

1876: The first gorilla arrives in Britain.

1937: Wimbledon first televised.

1948: Columbia Records unveil the first LP.

22 June

1814: Marylebone Cricket Club and Hertfordshire contest the first official match at Lord's Cricket Ground.

1979: The former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe is found not guilty of attempting to murder Norman Scott.

23 June

National Day of Luxemburg.

1848: Adolphe Sax is granted a patent for the saxophone.

1894: Birth of both the future king Edward VIII and sexologist Alfred Kinsey.

1987: The US Supreme Court backs the use of testimony obtained under hypnosis.

24 June

1983: Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.

1985: Colonel Patrick Baudry, of Air France, travelling on the shuttle Discovery, announces: 'In zero-g you can put your trousers on two legs at a time.'

25 June

1797: Nelson loses his right arm at the Battle of Santa Cruz.

1811: Sir John Throckmorton wins a 1,000 guinea wager that a coat can be made between sunrise and sunset starting with a sheep.

1867: Lucien B Smith of Kent, Ohio, patents barbed wire.

1876: Custer's Last Stand, against Chief Crazy Horse and the Sioux at the Little Big Horn river.

1925: The first car telephone is demonstrated in Germany.

26 June

1862: Joseph Wells, bowling for Kent against Sussex, becomes the first man to take four wickets in four balls in a first-class cricket match. He was the father of H G Wells.

1901: Professional chauffeurs protest at a move to ban them from wearing moustaches.

1913: Emily Dawson becomes London's first female magistrate.

1963: John F Kennedy says: 'Ich bin ein Berliner.'