1907: Mother's Day first celebrated, the idea of Miss Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia.
1937: The first frozen food goes on sale in Britain, Smedley's asparagus.
1967: Compulsory breath tests become law in the Road Safety Bill.
1811: Chang and Eng Bunker, the original Siamese twins, born in Siam joined at the chest. They both married and fathered 21 children between them.
1812: Last assassination of a British Prime Minister when Spencer Perceval was shot by John Bellingham.
1949: Siam changes its name to Thailand.
1870: Rules of water polo drawn up by the London Swimming Association.
1935: Alcoholics Anonymous founded in Ohio by William Wilson.
1942: War fashions for women in the UK include a call for 'bare legs for patriotism'.
1897: A Gay Liberation Society is founded in Munich.
1935: The world's first TV quiz programme is broadcast is Canada.
1940: Nylon stockings go on sale in the US.
1763: James Boswell first meets Dr Samuel Johnson, at Tom Davie's bookshop in Russell Street, London.
1934: Wimbledon decides, with some reluctance, to permit women players to wear shorts.
1960: Commons gives unopposed second reading to a bill to curb Teddy Boys.
1975: Junko Takei of Japan becomes the first woman to climb Everest.
1983: First wheel clamps in London.Reuse content