Happy Anniversary: Page Three girls make their mark
Monday 15 November 1993
1837: Isaac Pitman publishes his shorthand under the snappy title 'Stenographic Sound-Hand'.
1889: King Pedro II abdicates and Brazil becomes a republic.
1901: The first electric hearing- aid is patented by Miller Reese in New York; it has the practical disadvantage of not being portable.
1969: The first colour television commercial is transmitted, advertising Bird's Eye frozen peas.
1907: Oklahoma becomes the 4th State of the Union.
1959: First Broadway performance of The Sound of Music.
Feast Day of St Gregory the Wonderworker, bishop of neo- Caeseria, whose alleged miracles include drying up a swamp, diverting a river and moving a mountain. 1880: London University gives degrees to Britain's first women graduates.
1913: Steamship Louise become the first vessel through the Panama Canal.
1922: J Walton-Newbold becomes Britain's first Communist MP.
1944: A duck alerted the citizens of Freiburg, Germany to an imminent air raid. A statue was later erected in its honour.
1955: Anglesey become Britain's first local authority to introduce fluoride into the water.
1970: The Sun publishes its first Page Three girl photograph, appropriately enough on the feast day of St Hilda, patron saint of business women.
1477: Caxton published The Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres, the first dated book to be printed in England.
1928: First appearance of Mickey Mouse in the cartoon Steamboat Willie, though he had appeared in an earlier cartoon under the name Mortimer Mouse.
1893: First newspaper colour supplement appears, four pages long, in the New York World.
1951: The white football becomes officially acceptable, especially at Highbury, where it blends in with the Arsenal players' shorts.
1959: Geoffrey Fisher, the Archbishop of Canterbury, says adultery should be made a criminal offence.
1969: Pele scores his 1000th goal.
1906: Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce join forces and names to form their new company.
1970: The ten-shilling note goes out of circulation.
1979: Anthony Blunt is stripped of his knighthood.
1783: Jean de Rosier and the Marquis d'Arlandes make the first unassisted flight in a hot-air balloon for 25 minutes above Paris.
TV reviewGrace Dent: Jimmy McGovern's new drama sheds light on sex slavery in the colonies
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
- 2 Indian woman creates 'Marriage CV' after parents put her on dating site: 'Definitely not marriage material. Won’t grow long hair, ever'
- 3 World Book Day: Boy 'excluded' from school after dressing up as Fifty Shades' Christian Grey
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 GamerGate: developer Tim Schafer provokes rage with joke about online gaming activists at industry awards
The 9 rules every Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon had to follow are wonderfully pedantic
Toy Story 4: Pixar promises a romcom storyline 'separate' from the much-loved trilogy
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
World Book Day: Boy 'excluded' from school after dressing up as Fifty Shades' Christian Grey
The world's most beautiful libraries: Introducing Franck Bohbot's House of Books project
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Elif Shafak: Turkish author warns against rise of British nationalism
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests