1702: Publication of the Daily Courant, England's first daily newspaper.
1845: Henry Jones invents self-raising flour.
1988: The pound note ceases to be legal tender.
604: Death of St Gregory, who gave his name to the Gregorian chant.
1797: Introduction of the pound note in Britain.
1832: The ballet tutu makes its first public appearance.
1913: Canberra becomes the capital of Australia.
1918: Moscow becomes the capital of Russia.
1781: William Herschel discovers the planet Uranus and names it "Georgius Sidus" after King George III.
1894: The first professional striptease is performed at a Paris Music Hall in an act called Le Coucher d'Yvette.
1757: Admiral John Byng is shot by firing squad - "pour encourager les autres", as Voltaire put it - for failing to relieve Minorca from French attack.
1939: The longest-ever test match is abandoned on its 12th day to allow the English team to catch their ship home from South Africa.
1985: Singapore Zoo puts five lionesses on the pill after the lion population had rapidly swelled from two to 16.
1877: Charles Bannerman scores the first test century for England against Australia in the first-ever test match.
1892: The first escalator is patented by Jesse Reno of Chicago, USA.
1904: James Joyce wins the bronze medal in a singing contest and throws it in the River Liffey.
3446 BC: The date Noah entered the ark, according to the 19th-century theologian Gustav Seyffarth.
1845: The elastic band is patented by Stephen Perry of London.
1912: Lawrence Oates says: "I am just going outside and may be some time."
1921: Marie Stopes opens the first birth-control clinic.Reuse content