1780: The London Morning Post carries the first advertisement for an abortion clinic.
1789: Captain William Bligh is cast adrift by the mutineers on HMS Bounty.
1988: Sian Edwards, 28, becomes the first woman conductor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Birth of Thomas Beecham (1879), Malcolm Sargent (1895) and Duke Ellington (1889).
1913: The modern zipper is patented by Gideon Sundback of Sweden, replacing the design of Whitcomb Judson.
1935: Cats' eyes, Percy Shaw's invention, first shine on British roads.
1650: The Halifax gibbet is used for the last time, executing two men named Wil-kinson and Mitchell, for the theft of cloth and two colts.
1820: Cato Street conspirators are hanged then beheaded, the last beheadings in Britain.
1901: "Ping-Pong" is launched, the invention of James Gibb.
1907: Death of Neil Brodie, reputedly Canada's dirtiest man, who took a bath only when ordered by law to do so.
1927: Imperial Airways are the first to serve hot meals on a London-Paris flight.
1939: First appearance of "The Batman", drawn by Bob Kane for Detective Comics.
Feast day of St Gennys, patron of St Gennys, Cornwall.He may be the same person as St Genesius the martyr. If not, nothing is known of him.
1965: The first live TV broadcast by satellite links 9 countries and 300m viewers.
1982: The General Belgrano is sunk in the Falklands War.
1494: Christopher Columbus discovers Jamaica.
1808: Monsieur Le Pique is killed in Paris in the first duel fought from hot air balloons.
1810: Lord Byron swims the Hellespont in 70 minutes.
1949: British High Court judges receive their first pay increase since 1872.
1976: "Waltzing Matilda" is adopted as Australia's national anthem. It lasts only 10 years before being replaced by "Australia Fair".
1979: Margaret Thatcher moves into 10 Downing Street.
1980: Nine worshippers are trampled to death in Kinshasa as they try to see the Pope.Reuse content