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.
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Review: Cilla, ITV TV
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 2 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 3 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
- 4 John Travolta addresses former pilot's gay romance allegations publicly for the first time
- 5 Kanye West stops concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'
Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
Cilla, ITV, review: Sheridan Smith embodies the young singer perfectly
Tyler, The Creator says having new U2 album automatically downloaded on his iPhone was 'like waking up with herpes'
Kanye West stops concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly