A group of women peace protestors were evicted from their camp outside the RAFs Greenham Common airfield in Berkshire, UK (they later returned)
The space shuttle Challenger was launched for the first time .
Death of Gloria Swanson, American actress .
Death of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, executed
The worlds first temporary artificial heart was implanted into a patient by Dr Denton Cooley in Houston, Texas
NASA launched Apollo 6 .
Death of Martin Luther King, American black civil rights leader, assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) held the first Aldermaston March, from Hyde Park Corner, London to the Atomic.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was founded in Washington DC, with 12 nations signing up to join
Death of King Ghazi I of Iraq, died in a car crash, succeeded by his threeyear- old son Faisal II, whose uncle Prince Abdul Ilah ruled on his behalf
The first 50 cats-eye reflective road studs were installed at an accident black spot near Bradford, Yorkshire, UK by their inventor Percy Shaw
The US Navy’s airship ‘USS Akron’ crashed into the sea off the coast of New Jersey, killing 73 people.
Death of Karl Benz, German mechanical engineer, designed and built the first practical motor car to be powered by an internal combustion engine
Birth of Antony Tudor, English-born American dancer, teacher and choreographer.
Catholic Emancipation Act restores civil liberties to Roman Catholics
James II issues the Declaration of Indulgence, suspending laws against Catholics and non-conformists
Frances Drake completes circumnavigation of world