1868: General George Custer kills Chief Black Kettle of the Cheyenne.
1893: Women vote for the first time in a general election - in New Zealand.
1837: Birth of John Wesley Hyatt, inventor of the modern billiard ball.
1916: Four are injured in the first aeroplane raid on London.
1988: The Cabinet Secretary, Sir Robert Armstrong, admits to being "economical with the truth".
1929: Admiral Richard Byrd and Bernt Balchen become the first people to fly over the South Pole.
1965: Mrs Mary Whitehouse announces the formation of the National Viewers and Listeners Association.
1628: Birth of John Bunyan.
1667: Birth of Jonathan Swift.
1835: Birth of Mark Twain.
1872: England draw 0-0 with Scotland in Glasgow in the first international soccer match.
1900: Oscar Wilde dies in a Paris hotel. His last words are reported to be addressed to the wallpaper: "One or the other of us has to go."
1935: Non-belief in Nazism becomes grounds for divorce in Germany.
1135: Henry I dies after eating "a surfeit of lampreys".
1952: George Jorgenson, formerly of the US armed forces, becomes a woman in the first sex-change operation.
1953: Marilyn Monroe is the centrespread in the first edition of Playboy.
1966: The Post Office issues special Christmas stamps for the first time.
1990: The two halves of the Channel Tunnel meet in the middle.
1697: St Paul's Cathedral is opened.
1814: The Marquis de Sade dies in the lunatic asylum at Charenton.
1859: John Brown (as in the song) is hanged for treason against Virginia.
1901: King Camp Gillette markets the first safety razon with a two-edged disposable blade.
1922: Britain's first public telephones come into operation in 22 phone boxes.
1942: Fermi and Compton achieve the world's first experimental nuclear chain reaction.
1910: Neon lighting is displayed for the first time at the Paris motor show.
1920: Rudyard Kipling is awarded pounds 2 damages for the unauthorised use of his poem "If" in a medical advertisement.
1961: Matisse's Le Bateau is put the right way up after hanging upside down, unnoticed, for 46 days at the New York Museum of Modern Art.Reuse content