1876: The first gorilla arrives in Britain.
1937: Wimbledon first on TV.
1948: First LPs launched by Columbia Records.
1814: The MCC and Hertfordshire contest the first cricket match at Lord's.
1848: Adolphe Sax patents the saxophone.
1987: The US Supreme Court backs the use of testimony obtained through hypnosis.
1717: First Freemasons lodge opens in London.
1947: A pilot, Kenneth Arnold, reports nine disc-shaped objects over Mount Rainier, Washington, and flying saucers are born.
1797: Nelson loses his right arm at the battle of Santa Cruz.
1811: Sir John Throckmorton wins a wager of 1,000 guineas that a coat can be made between sunrise and sunset, starting from an unshorn sheep.
1867: Lucien B Smith of Kent, Ohio, patents barbed wire.
1862: Joseph Wells, father of H G Wells, becomes the first man to take four wickets in four balls in first-class cricket.
1901: Parisian chauffeurs protest at a move to prevent them wearing moustaches.
1939: Public executions in Paris abolished.
1693: Publication of the first women's magazine, the Ladies Mercury.
1967: Britain's first cash dispenser appears in Enfield.Reuse content