1608: Dutch lens-maker Hans Lippershey demonstrates the first telescope.
1871: Mormon leader Brigham Young is arrested for bigamy.
1901: The first British submarine is launched in Barrow.
1950: First appearance of the Peanuts cartoon strip by Charles Schultz.
1811: The first women's county cricket match, Hants vs Surrey.
1899: The first motor-driven vacuum cleaner is patented by J S Thurman.
1906: SOS replaces CQD as the international distress signal.
1921: Waiters in Berlin refuse tips and strike for higher pay.
1922: The first facsimile picture is transmitted over a telephone line in Washington.
1929: The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes is renamed Yugoslavia.
1941: The aerosol is patented by L Goodhue and W Sullivan.
1959: Britain's first postcodes are introduced.
1949: A memorial is unveiled at All Hallows by the Tower to "warrior birds who gave their lives on active service 1939-45".
1965: Pope Paul VI becomes the first pope to visit the US.
1988: The Bavarian environment minister, Alfred Dick, asks people not to yodel in the Bavarian Alps because it might frighten the chamois and golden eagle.
1880: The earliest "ball pen" is patented by Alonso T Cross.
1969: First transmission of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
1883: Maiden run of the Orient Express from Paris to Constantinople.
1941: Two men named Willburn and Frizzel are sent to the electric chair in Florida.
1978: The London Underground employs its first woman driver.
1806: Carbon paper is patented by Ralph Wedgewood of London.
1876: The Hendon Cup becomes the first greyhound race run with an artificial hare.
1921: Turin plays host to the first international sociology conference.
1891: The first street collection for charity in Britain.
1925: The Newmarket Town Plate is the first race won by a female jockey.
1967: First use of the breathalyser in Britain.Reuse content