1580 - Sir Francis Drake finished his circumnavigation of the Earth.
1687 - The city council of Amsterdam voted to support William of Orange’s invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution.
1887 - Emile Berliner patented the first gramophone.
1901 - The first America’s Cup was won by the yacht ‘Columbia’.
1905 - Albert Einstein published his first paper on the special theory of relativity.
1934 - The liner ‘Queen Mary’ was launched at Clydebank, Scotland.
1953 - Sugar rationing in Britain came to an end.
1955 - Birds Eye fish fingers went on sale in Britain.
1969 - The last Beatles album, ‘Abbey Road’, was released
1973 - Concorde made its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time.
1977 - Freddie Laker’s first cut-price Skytrain flight to New York took off from Gatwick. Most passengers had queued more than 24 hours for the £59 first no-frills flight.
1994 - The OJ Simpson murder trial began in Los Angeles.