Happy Anniversary: Trying times for travellers
Monday 13 June 1994
1842: Queen Victoria takes her first train ride, from Slough to Paddington.
1886: Mad King Ludwig II of Bavaria commits suicide by drowning in the Starnberger Sea. His psychiatrist, Bernhard von Gudden, dies while trying to save him.
1494: The Grand Mayor of the church and monastery of St Martin de Laon in France condemns a pig to be hanged for the crime of infanticide.
1755: Dr Samuel Johnson's dictionary goes on sale.
1789: Captain William Bligh is cast adrift from HMS Bounty.
1906: Following the death of a female parachutist, a Bill is published banning women from dangerous sports.
1965: Two OBE insignia are returned to Buckingham Palace in protest at the award of similar honours to the Beatles.
1928: The Flying Scotsman beats an aeroplane in a race from London to Edinburgh.
1985: First mixed marriage in South Africa.
1904: The date on which James Joyce's Ulysses takes place.
1930: Mixed bathing is allowed in the Serpentine in London's Hyde Park.
1948: A Cathay Pacific Airlines seaplane, Miss Macao, becomes the first aeroplane to be hijacked when the pilot is forced to change direction and fly to Hong Kong.
1958: Yellow no-waiting lines come into force on the streets of Britain.
1963: Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.
1978: The video game era begins as 'Space Invaders' is demonstrated by the Taito Corporation of Tokyo.
1823: Charles Macintosh patents a new waterproof fabric.
1939: In France, Eugen Weidmann becomes the last man to be guillotined in public.
1963: Buckingham Palace admits that Prince Charles, aged 14, bought a cherry brandy in a hotel bar.
1583: The first life insurance policy is sold.
1978: Jim Davis creates a cartoon cat called Garfield, named after his grandfather, James A Garfield Davis.
1885: The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York from France.
1910: Fathers' Day is instituted in the US by Mrs John Bruce Dodd of Spokane, Washington.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant