1911: Britain's first escalator comes into operation at Earl's Court underground station.
1950: Three generations of the Bowler family attend celebrations of the centenary of the bowler hat, though the first was sold on 17 December 1849.
1965: Pope Paul VI becomes the first pope to visit the United States.
1988: Alfred Dick, the Bavarian environment minister, asks people not to yodel in the Alps because it frightens the chamois and disturbs the golden eagle.
1880: The earliest ball pen, with retractable tip, is patented by Alonzo T Cross.
1969: First transmission of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
1883: Maiden run of the Orient Express from Paris to Constantinople.
1941: Two men, named Willburn and Frizzel, are sent to the electric chair in Florida.
1978: First woman driver on a London underground train.
1806: Carbon paper patented by Ralph Wedgewood of London.
1876: The Hendon Cup becomes the first greyhound race to be run with an artificial hare.
1921: First International Sociology Conference opens in Turin.
1891: Lifeboat Day in Manchester and Salford becomes the first street collection for charity in Britain.
1925: The Newmarket Town Plate becomes the first race won by a woman jockey.
1967: First motorist breathalysed in Britain.
1947: First call between a car phone and a plane, in Wilmington, Delaware.
1952: A servant runs amok at the home of the Earl of Derby, shooting two butlers dead and wounding the Countess.
1973: Elvis Presley divorced.
1886: First appearance of the dinner jacket, worn by its creator at the Tuxedo Park Country Club, New York.
1973: Spiro Agnew resigns as US vice-president.Reuse content