1726 - The first circulating library opened in Edinburgh.
1738 - John Wesley was converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement.
1844 - The first morse code message was telegraphed. The message was ‘What God hath wrought’.
1862 - London’s Westminster Bridge opened.
1895 -Henry Irving became the first person from the theatre to be knighted.
1930 - The planet Pluto was officially recognised.
1940 - Igor Sikorsky performed the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.
1954 - IBM revealed their first business computer.
1956 - The first Eurovision Song Contest was held in Lugano, Switzerland. It was won by Lys Assia from Switzerland with a song called ‘Refrains’.
1965 - The Government announced Britain would switch to the metric system.
1972 - The Midlands motorway at Spaghetti Junction opened.
1976 - Two Concordes landed after the first commercial transatlantic super-sonic flights.