1769: Edward Beran of London patents Venetian blinds.
1956: The Government approves TV broadcasts between 6pm and 7pm.
1987: Charlie Chaplin's bowler and cane fetch pounds 82,500 at auction. His boots go for pounds 38,500.
1915: The first all-metal plane, made by Junkers, takes off.
1955: Christopher Cockerell patents the hovercraft.
1884: The coin-operated weighing machine is patented by Percy Everitt.
1903: Ice cream cones are patented by Italo Marcione of New York.
1954: Divorce becomes legal in Argentina.
1973: Idi Amin starts a "Save Britain" fund to help us out of our economic crisis.
1951: Two journalists are fined for letting a seal swim in the Trevi fountain in Rome.
1654: The Meteorological Office in Tuscany is the first to record daily temperatures.
1964: Canada adopts the maple leaf as its official symbol.
1979: Chris Haney and Scott Abbott invent Trivial Pursuit.
1809: The 13-year marriage between Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine is dissolved.
1951: Freddie Steele moves from Mansfield to Port Vale in the first football transfer deal.
1849: William Coke buys the first bowler hat (made by Thomas Bowler) for 12 shillings.
1885: Jem Smith beats Jack Davies in the last official bare- knuckle fight for the British heavyweight championship.Reuse content