1895: The original FA Cup is stolen from a Birmingham shop.
1905: The government blames an increase in rural lunacy on the tedium of country life.
1947: The government declares that vegetarians will receive extra potato rations.
1952: The first video recorder is demonstrated by John Mullin and Wayne Johnson.
1978: Georgi Markov is stabbed by a Bulgarian agent with a poisoned umbrella.
1379: Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, pardons two herds of swine that had been condemned to death as accomplices to infanticide committed by a sow.
1908: Wedding day of Winston Churchill.
1914: Mary Phelps Jacob patents the brassiere.
1953: Wedding day of John F Kennedy.
1974: A salmon is caught in the Thames, the first since the 1840s.
1987: The BBC transmits its first condom commercial.
1988: Festo Kazarwa, a Ugandan rainmaker, is lynched after crops and homes are destroyed by hailstones. He had threatened to summon hail if the villagers did not show him more respect.
1687: Death of Nell Gwynn, mistress of Charles II.
1743: Death of Louise de Keroualle, mistress of Charles II.
1896: The speed limit is raised from 4mph to 14mph. Drivers may now proceed without a man walking in front of their car.
1968: Edward Heath appoints Margaret Thatcher to the post of shadow transport minister.
1901: The non-portable electric hearing aid is patented by Miller Reese of New York.
1969: Britain's first colour TV advert - for Birds Eye frozen peas.
1913: Leonard Woods of Missouri patents the watch-pistol, allowing its owner to shoot a highwayman while apparently handing over his watch.
1959: The Sound of Music is first performed on Broadway.
1842: The Illustrated London News reports the death of a cow that had drunk 20 quarts of ale left to cool at a Welsh beer-house.
1944: The town of Freiburg, Germany, is alerted to an impending air raid by the quacking of a duck, which subsequently has a statue erected in its honour.
1970: The first Page Three Girl appears in The Sun.Reuse content