1408: A sow is hanged in the French town of Pont de Larche "for the crime of having murdered and killed a little child".
1790: Thomas Saint of London patents the first sewing machine.
1917: The House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha changes its name to the House of Windsor.
1967: Launch of Britain's first anti-litter week.
1927: The BMA, meeting in Edinburgh, expresses concern at the "threat" of a possible state medical service.
1979: Joyce McKinney is arrested in the US and charged with kidnapping a Mormon missionary for sexual purposes.
1545: Henry VIII watches his flagship, the Mary Rose, sink in the Solent.
1821: George IV is crowned King, with his wife, Caroline of Brunswick, banned from attending the ceremony.
1848: Amelia Bloomer introduces her eponymous undergarments.
1918: Baseball is declared a "non-essential occupation" in the US under the "work or fight" law.
1919: An aeroplane aids the arrest of a speeding motorist in Los Angeles.
Feast Day of Margaret of Antioch, patron saint of women in childbirth.
1621: A cow is sentenced to death by the law faculty of the University of Leipzig for killing a woman.
1885: Professional football is legalised in the UK.
1797: Nelson loses an arm at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
1809: Death of Daniel Lambert in Stamford. A former keeper of Leicester prison, he weighed 523/4 stones.
1969: Neil Armstrong takes a giant leap for mankind.
1984: James Fixx, 52, the man who popularised jogging, dies of a heart attack while jogging.
1284: According to legend, the day of arrival of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
1478: Death of Philip the Handsome of Spain, husband of Joan the Mad.
1894: The first motor-car race is run from Paris to Rouen.
1858: The oath of allegiance is modified to allow Jews to sit in Parliament.
1986: Prince Andrew marries Lady Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey.Reuse content