1900 - Britain’s first municipal crematorium opened for business.
1921 - The FA banned women from professional football. They were only allowed back in 1970.
1928 - Pan-Am airlines became the first to use male stewards.
1944 - Helicopters were used in wartime for the first time, when three started patrol duty with an Atlantic convoy.
1959 - Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, was launched by the Soviet Union.
1971 - A barrier collapsed at the Ibrox football stadium in Glasgow, fatally crushing 66 fans.
1980 - Britain’s first national steel strike since 1926 began.
1981 - One of the largest investigations by a British police force ended when serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’, was arrested in Sheffield.
1995 - The main debating chamber at the former Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont, Belfast, was destroyed by fire, most likely caused by an electrical fault.