1905: Aspirin goes on sale in Britain.
1938: Orson Welles's radio production of War of the Worlds causes general panic and one death through heart failure.
1988: The Rev Sun Myung Moon marries 6,516 couples at a mass wed-in in Seoul.
1888: John Dunlop patents the pneumatic bicycle tyre.
1945: William Thompson, an Australian farmer, remembers that he left pounds 5 in the pocket of a waistcoat he put on a kangaroo as a joke.
1955: The first zebra crossings appear in Britain.
1959: The first stretch of the M1 opens.
1988: Robin the Boy Wonder is killed by the Joker after a poll of readers votes for his death.
1785: Lionel Lukin, a London coach builder, patents the unsinkable lifeboat.
1795: Birth of future US President James Polk.
1865: Birth of future US President Warren Harding.
1871: The Rogues Gallery is inaugurated with the first photographs of prisoners in Britain.
1896: The first motor insurance policies exclude damage caused by frightened horses.
1843: Nelson's statue is hauled to the top of its column.
1871: Henry Morton Stanley says: "Dr Livingstone, I presume?"
1957: "Laika" becomes the first dog in space.
1862: James Ritty, an Ohio saloon owner, patents the cash register.
1879: Richard Gatling patents the first effective machine gun.
1917: The War Office agrees to provide Christmas puddings for British troops in France.
1932: Gillespie Rd tube station is renamed "Arsenal".Reuse content