1472 - Orkney and Shetland were pawned by Norway to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark.
1547 - Edward VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey.
1811 - Austria declared itself bankrupt.
1935 - Caroline Mikkelsen became the first woman to set foot in Antarctica.
1939 - The British Industries fair exhibited the country’s first washing machine.
1947 - Lord Louis Mountbatten was appointed the last Viceroy of India.
1962 - American astronaut John Glenn orbited the Earth three times in the space capsule Friendship 7.
1985 - The sale of contraceptives became legal in Irish Republic.
1986 - The Soviet Union launched its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it was occupied for ten of those years.
1989 - An army base at Tern Hill, Shropshire was destroyed by an IRA bomb. There were no casualties, as the base had been evacuated.
1993 - Two 10-year-old boys were charged with the murder of two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool.