1611 - The King James Version of the Bible was published for the first time in London by printer Robert Barker.
1885 - ‘Good Housekeeping’ magazine went on sale for the first time.
1887 - Hannibal Goodwin patented celluloid photographic film.
1952 - The world’s first jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1, made its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg.
1961 - King Hussein of Jordan announced he was to marry a telephonist from Stratford-upon-Avon.
1968 - Britain’s first successful liver transplant was carried out in Cambridge.
1969 The ocean liner QE2 set sail from Southampton on her maiden voyage, to New York.
1982 - Falklands War: The British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sunk the Argentine cruiser ARA General Belgrano, with the loss of 386 lives.
1998 - The Euro was officially launched at a summit meeting in Brussels.