Al Fayed buys Harrods
Death of John Wyndham, British science fiction writer (The Day of the Triffids)
Death of Richard Evelyn Bird, American aviator and explorer
The Russian capital was transferred from Petrograd (now St Petersburg) to Moscow.
The first case of Spanish ’flu occurred at Fort Riley army camp, Kansas, USA – the start of a devastating worldwide pandemic.
Death of Lady Florence Baker, widow of Sir Samuel Baker the explorer who bought her, aged 14, in a slave market in Hungary in 1859.
Death of Edmondo De Amicis, Italian children’s writer .
Jessie Matthews born 1907 (died 1981). Actress on stage and in film. From 1963 took over the role of Mrs Dale on the daily wireless serial until it was axed in 1969.
Execution of Jessie King for the separate murder of 2 babies she was paid to look after. She was the last woman executed in Edinburgh.
Death of Benjamin West, American born painter who was president of the Royal Academy in London for many years.
Queen Anne withheld Royal Assent from a militia bill – the last time a British monarch vetoed government legislation.
First English daily newspaper The Daily Courant (till 1735)
The Royal Hospital, Chelsea was founded by Charles II to house army veterans