Death of Percy Thrower, British gardener and broadcaster .
First episode of Neighbours in Australia
Argentinians raised flag in South Georgia
The supertanker Torrey Canyon ran aground off the coast of Cornwall causing the world’s first major marine oil spill.
US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill that would allow Hawaii to become the 50th state (came into effect on 21st August)
The first ham radio broadcast Einar Dessau of Denmark used a short wave transmitter to talk to a government radio post six miles away
First telephone link between London & Paris
Birth of Rudolf Diesel, German engineer, invented the internal combustion engine.
American Express founded.
Tolpuddle Martyrs' transported (to Australia) for Trades Union activities
Catherine Murphy was the last person to be burned at the stake (for coining)
Susenyos was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia .
Death of Jacques de Molay, last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, burnt at the stake on the orders of Philip IV of France who owed the Templars money.