1846: The first official baseball game is played between the New Yorks and the Knickerbockers at Hoboken NJ.
1885: The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York from Paris.
1910: Father's day is instituted by Mrs John Bruce Dodd of Spokane, Washington.
1953: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sent to the electric chair, the first married couple executed for spying in the US.
1921: Washington imposes fines on women caught smoking: $25 plus $100 per cigarette.
1949: Wimbledon tennis scandal as "Gorgeous Gussie" Moran exposes lace- trimmed panties under her short skirt.
1963: The White House and Kremlin set up a "hot line".
1990: London Transport phases out the Routemaster bus.
1876: The first gorilla arrives in Britain.
1937: Wimbledon is televised for the first time.
A sad day for the musical with the deaths of Judy Garland (1969) and Fred Astaire (1987).
1814: Marylebone Cricket Club and Hertfordshire contest the first match played at Lords.
1848: Adolphe Sax is granted a patent for the saxophone.
1987: The US Supreme Court backs the use of testimony obtained under hypnosis.
1947: The first flying saucers in modern times are spotted by pilot Kenneth Arnold - nine disc-shaped objects flying over mount Rainier, Washington.
1983: Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.
1985: Col. Patrick Baudry of Air France, on the space shuttle Discovery, announces that: "in zero-g you can put your trousers on two legs at a time".
1811: Sir John Throckmorton wins a 1,000 guineas wager that a woollen coat can be made between sunrise and sunset, starting with an unshorn sheep.
1867: Lucien B Smith of Kent, Ohio, patents barbed wire.
1876: General Custer makes his last stand against chief Crazy Horse and the Sioux at the Little Bighorn river.
1925: The first car telephone is demonstrated in Germany.
1967: Pancho Gonzales wins the longest ever men's singles match at Wimbledon, beating Charlie Passarell 22-24, 1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9.