1797: The Bank of England issues its first pounds 1 note.
1839: The first Grand National is run at Aintree and won by Jem Mason on Lottery.
1936: Hitler launches the Volkswagen, newly designed by Ferdinand Porsche.
1557: The first Russian Embassy opens in London.
1860: The State of Connecticut bans Playboy.
1897: The first decorated wedding car appears in Paris.
1912: In Missouri, Albert Berry is the first person to jump from an aeroplane with a parachute.
1923: The House of Lords passes a bill ruling that husbands may no longer be deemed to have coerced wives who commit offences in their presence.
1950: The sale of Coca-Cola is banned in Paris.
1988: A 90-year-old newly- wed in Miami is charged with beating his 76-year-old bride to death during an argument over honeymoon plans.
992: Death of St Oswald of Worcester, whose feast day was celebrated only every four years until the 1930s, when it was moved to 28 February.
1792: Gioacchino Rossini born.
1956: Muffin the Mule makes the leap from BBC to ITV.
1909: Lloyd George tells the House of Commons that the old-age pension is more popular than had been expected.
1934: The Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) says: "I see no reason why women should not wear shorts."
1966: The Soviet space craft Venus III lands on Venus, the first to land on another planet.
1990: The Royal Navy scraps daily rum rations.
1949: The first non-stop, round-the-world flight is completed by the US Air Force plane Lucky Lady II, after being refuelled eight times in flight.
1969: Concorde makes its maiden flight from Toulouse.
1895: Driving tests for cyclists are instituted in Munich.
1904: Kaiser Wilhelm makes the first recording of a political speech on an Edison cylinder.
1931: "The Star-Spangled Banner" becomes the United States' national anthem.
1991: The Queen needs three stitches in a finger after trying to break up a fight between two corgis at Windsor.Reuse content