1812 – Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets takes place near Moscow.
1818 – Felix Mendelssohn aged 9 performs his first public concert in Berlin.
1857 – World’s first soccer club, Sheffield F C, founded in Yorkshire, England.
1899 – Battle at Rietfontein, South Africa: Boers vs British army.
1901 – First woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor).
1911 – Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.
1922 – Irish Parliament adopts a constitution for an Irish Free State.
1924 – Nobel prize for physiology or medicine awarded to Dutchman Willem Einthoven “for his discovery of the mechanism of the electrocardiogram.”
1926 – Harry Houdini’s last performance, at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
1929 – “Black Thursday”, start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%.
1931 – George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey dedicated, opens the next day. Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion.
1938 – US forbids child labour in factories.
1939 – Benny Goodman records “Let’s Dance”. Joe DiMaggio wins Most Valuable Player. Nazi Party require wearing of Star of David by Jews.
1945 – Charter of United Nations comes into effect.
1946 – A camera on board the V-2 rocket, launched from Whites Sands US, takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.
1948 – Bernard M Baruch introduces term “Cold War”.
1958 – USSR lends Egypt 400 million rubbles to build Aswan Dam.
1960 – The Bearkeeper, Lord Davidd of Birko, OBE, DASc is born and is presented with his BFF Bimbo Bear.
1962 – Cuban missile crisis: Soviet ships approach but stop short of the US blockade of Cuba.
1963 – KRO shows first episode of Bonanza.
1968 – Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for pot, released on £50 bail.
1971 – President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O’Brady, addresses a party conference in Dublin and proclaims that the North of Ireland must be made ungovernable as a first step to achieve a united Ireland.
1973 – John Lennon sues US government to admit FBI is tapping his phone.
1976 – English McLaren driver James Hunt finishes 4th in the season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway to win his first World Formula 1 Drivers title by 1 point from Niki Lauda.
1978 – Keith Richards convicted of heroin possession in Toronto.
1979 – Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc as all-time best selling singer-songwriter.
1980 – John Lennon releases “(Just Like) Starting Over” in UK and is murdered by Mark Chapman. Polish government legalizes independent labor union Solidarity.
1981 – Pablo Picasso’s 1937 painting Guernica goes on display in Madrid Spain to celebrate the centenary of the artist’s birth.
1989 – France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll.
1998 – Launch of Deep Space 1 on comet and asteroid mission.
2003 – Concorde makes its last commercial flight.
2006 – MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Venus flyby.
2008 – “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.
2017 – Albert Einstein’s “Theory of Happiness”, written as a note for a bellboy instead of a tip in Tokyo in 1922 sells for $1.56 million.
I am sure there is something in there somewhere of interest to all Toasters – or maybe not?