Feast day of Antony, patron saint of pigs.
1899: Al Capone born.
1900: The Mormon Brigham Roberts is refused a seat in the US House of Representatives on the grounds that he is a polygamist.
A prolific date for births of children's authors: A A Milne (1882), Arthur Ransome (1884) and Raymond Briggs (1934), but mixed fortunes for fat men: Oliver Hardy (born 1892) and Sidney Greenstreet (died 1954).
1909: New Zealand brewers decide to abolish barmaids.
1934: The first arrest in Britain through the use of a policeman's pocket radio.
1937: Horse-drawn traffic is banned from large areas of London's West End.
1728: Margaret Dickson, after being hanged for infanticide in Edinburgh, sat up and got out of her coffin when the hearse driver stopped for refreshment. Her innocence was later established.
1973: 'American Decay' a work of art by Carl Andre, opened in a Washington gallery. It included 500lb of cottage cheese and 10 gallons of ketchup and had to be closed the next day because of the smell.
St Agnes' Eve when, according to Keats, 'young virgins might have visions of delight'.
1936: Death of King George V whose last words were either: 'How is the Empire?' (or various versions thereof) or 'Bugger Bognor'.
1958: First radar speed-checks in London.
1975: Britain and France abandon plans for a Channel tunnel.
1986: Britain and France agree on plans for a Channel tunnel.
1907: Taxi-cabs are officially recognised in Britain.
1937: Marcel Boulestin becomes the first television chef in a new series called 'Cook's Night Out'.
1955: Archaeologists confirm Piltdown Man is definitely a hoax.
1984: Yorkshire County Cricket Club reverses its decision to sack Geoffrey Boycott.
1908: In New York, Katie Mulcahey is the first to be arrested under a law forbidding women to smoke in public.
1927: Arsenal v Sheffield United is the first league football match to be broadcast live on radio.
1955: Joe Davis scores the first maximum 147 break in an official snooker tournament.
1988: Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, opens a departure lounge serving pre- flight food and drinks to cattle.
1906: Death of William Pitt the Younger, whose last words were either: 'My country] Oh, my country]' (or variations thereof) or 'I think I could eat one of Bellamy's veal pies'.
1963: Kim Philby disappears from Beirut, later to turn up in Moscow.
1941: Nylon first produced in Britain, at Coventry.Reuse content