1802: The Edinburgh Review was published. Its first editor was Sydney Smith and its aim was “to erect a higher standard of merit, and secure a bolder and a purer taste in literature, and to apply philosophical principles and the maxims of truth and humanity to politics”.
1839: The first Bradshaw’s Railway Timetable was issued. It continued publication until 10 March, 1961.
1842: Britain proclaimed victory as first Afghan War ended.
1881: The Savoy Theatre, London, first public building to be lit by electricity, opened with a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience.
1903: Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst formed the Women’s Social and Political Union to fight for female emancipation in Britain.
1913: Atlantic and Pacific Oceans were linked by the blowing up of the Gamboa Dam of Panama Canal.
1938: Nazi Germany completed occupation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.
1943: Republican General Chiang Kai-Shek took oath of office as president of China.
1951: First party political broadcast by Lord Samuel on behalf of the Liberal Party.
1961: A volcano erupted on the South Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha and the whole population was brought to Britain.
1970: Fiji became independent, having been a British colony since 1874.
1974: Labour won the general election by an overall majority of three seats, and Harold Wilson became prime minister.
1981: An IRA bomb outside the Guards’ barracks, Chelsea, killed one and injured 40, including 25 Irish guardsmen.
1988: Sandy Lyle won the World Matchplay Golf Championship at Wentworth.
1988: Suspected Tamil militants attacked village in northern Sri Lanka, killing at least 47 people as they slept.
1990: Left-wing guerrillas bolted door of a passenger train carriage in southern India and set it on fire, killing at least 47.
1997: An Austral Airlines DC-9-32 crashed and exploded near Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, killing 74.
2006: The Greek city of Volos flooded in one of the prefecture’s worst recorded floods.
2010: The Netherlands Antilles were dissolved.
Nicholas Parsons CBE, broadcaster, 91; Midge Ure OBE, rock singer, 61; Amanda Burton, actress, 58; Judith Chalmers OBE, television presenter, 78; Charles Dance OBE, actor and director, 68; Fiona Fullerton, actress and singer, 58; Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE, four times Olympic gold medallist oarsman, 44; Paul Sturrock, Ellon-born footballer and manager, 58; Chris Tarrant OBE, broadcaster, 68; Sir Willard White CBE, operatic singer, 68; David Lee Roth, singer-songwriter, actor (Van Halen), 70; Nora Roberts (aka Sarah Hardesty), novelist, 64; Robert Engle, Nobel Prize-winning economist, 72; Tony Adams MBE, football manager, 48; Alan Cartwright, musician (Procol Harum), 69.
Births: Giuseppe Verdi, composer; 1917 Thelonious Monk, pianist; 1921 James Clavell, novelist; 1930 Harold Pinter, playwright; 1959 Kirsty MacColl, singer-songwriter.
Deaths: 1708 David Gregory, Aberdeen-born astronomer; 1983 Sir Ralph Richardson, actor; 1985 Orson Welles, actor, director; 2009 Stephen Gately, pop singer (Boyzone); 2010 Dame Joan Sutherland DBE, soprano.