1905 - The Automobile Association was founded.
1913 - Norway granted women equal rights in parliamentary elections.
1916 - The Irish Nationalist and British diplomat Roger Casement was sentenced to death for his part in the Easter Rising.
1926 - Mussolini increased Italy’s working day by an hour in an attempt to increase productivity.
1927 - A total eclipse of the Sun was seen in Britain for the first time in 200 years.
1956 - Playwright Arthur Miller married Marilyn Monroe.
1963 - The coronation of Pope Paul VI took place.
1965 - American forces officially went on the offensive for the first time in Vietnam.
1966 - The first credit card was introduced in Britain.
1974 - Isabel Perón was sworn in as the first female President of Argentina. Her husband, President Juan Perón, had delegated responsibility due to weak health and died two days later.
1975 - Steve Wozniak tested his first prototype of the Apple I computer.
1986 - Richard Branson’s power boat, Challenger II, crossed the Atlantic in record time.
1986 - Argentina won the World Cup.
1995 - A shopping complex collapsed in Seoul, South Korea, killing 640 people in the process.
1997 - Tennis was played at Wimbledon on the middle Sunday for only the second time in the tournament’s history, following heavy rain in the first week. Tim Henman thrilled the crowds on centre Court with a five-set victory over Dutchman Paul Haarhuis.
1997 - Mike Tyson was disqualified in a title fight against Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas after biting off part of his opponent’s ear. He was later banned from boxing for a year and fined $3 million.
2000 - Joan Collins’ hat, as worn in Dynasty, fetched £2,000 for a leukaemia charity.
2007 - Apple Inc released its first mobile phone, the iPhone.