1542 - Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII, was beheaded for adultery.
1689 - William and Mary became joint rulers of Great Britain.
1692 - Almost 80 MacDonalds were killed at Glen Coe for not promptly pledging allegiance to the new king, William of Orange.
1917 - The Government announced women were permitted to become taxi drivers.
1955 - Israel obtained four of the seven Dead Sea Scrolls.
1959 - The Barbie doll, in a zebra-print swimsuit, was launched in America.
1960 - the French tested their first atomic bomb, in the Sahara Desert.
1969 - Cambridge scientists announced the first successful in-vitro fertilisation of a human embryo.
1978 - Anna Ford became the first female newsreader on ITN.
2001 - Ann Bancroft and Liv Armesen became the first two women to cross the Antarctic on foot.
2017 - Kim Jong-nam, brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.