1882: England lose to Australia at cricket for the first time, a defeat that led to an obituary in the Sporting Times.
1885: Gottlieb Daimler patents the first motorcycles.
Feast Day of St Rose of Lima, the first American saint, who took a vow of virginity, lived in a garden hut and died in 1617.
30BC: Death of Cleopatra.
1881: Clement Ader of Germany patents the first stereo- system.
1901: Herbert Cecil Booth patents the vacuum-cleaner.
1900: Coca-Cola goes on sale in Britain.
1963: The 'hot-line' betwen the Kremlin and the White House comes into operation.
1830: Sarah J Hales publishes the poem 'Mary had a little lamb'.
1878: In Boston, Massachusetts, Emma Nutt becomes the world's first female telephone operator.
1951: Britain's first supermarket opens, the Premier in Earl's Court.
1971: The old penny and threepenny-piece cease to be legal tender.
1988: The New York Health Department announces that in the past year 8,064 people have been bitten by dogs, 1,587 by people and one by a penguin.
1858: The song 'The Yellow Rose of Texas' is copyrighted in New York by an anonymous person with the initials J K.
1932: The International Rugby Board condemns modern scrummage methods.
1752: The Gregorian calendar is introduced in Britain and the date promptly becomes 14 September.
1967: Sweden switches to driving on the right.
1733: Britain's first lioness dies in the Tower of London. She had been maintained by the Keeper of the Lion Office.
1955: Richard Baker becomes the first television newscaster to appear in vision on the screen.Reuse content