Live Aid pop concert raises over £50M for famine relief
Ruth Ellis hanged for the murder of her lover, David Blakely, the last woman to be executed in Britain.
Warner Brothers released On with the Show the first film shot entirely in Technicolor
A British airship landed back in the UK having made the first round-trip crossing of the Atlantic (in 182 hours flying time).
Birth of Alberto Ascari, Italian racing driver .
Women competed in the modern Olympics for the first time (London Olympics 1908).
Second Tay Bridge opened
Birth of Sidney Webb, British economist, politician and social reformer, co-founder (with his wife Beatrice) of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Queen Victoria moves into the first Buckingham Palace
Birth of Patrice MacMahon, Duke of Magenta, President of France .
Death of Cardinal Henry Benedict Stuart, bishop of Frascati and Jacobite claimant to the British throne as Henry IX. He never actively pursued his claim and was the last Stuart pretender.
Civil War Battle of Roundway Down. The Royalists under Lord Wilmot convincingly defeated the Parliamentarians who were besieging Devizes.
Birth of Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor .