1958 23 people die in a plane crash in Munich, including 7 footballers from Manchester United Football Club. Another player dies later.
1952 King George VI of the United Kingdom dies peacefully in his sleep. His daughter Elizabeth II is in line for the throne.
1971 Alan Shepard becomes the first person to hit a golf ball on the moon. He was part of the team of astronauts to have a two-day moonwalk from Apollo 14.
1685 King Charles II dies following an apopleptic fit he suffered a few days earlier. There was suspicion of poisoning but this was later dismissed. The Duke of York is proclaimed King James II of England and VI Scotland.
1918 Representation of the People Act is passed by Parliament, which allows all men over the age of 21 and women over the age of 30 (with appropriate property ownership) to vote.
60AD a piece of graffiti in Pompeii indicates the first written record of the day of the week. It claims that today is Sunday, but by modern reckoning it would be Wednesday.
1911 the first Rolls Royce motor car mascot is chosen. It is a silver winged animal called The Spirit of Ecstacy.
1665 Queen Anne, the last Stuart ruler of Britain, is born.
1935 Board game Monopoly goes on sale for the first time.