China successfully launched its first spacecraft Shenzhou
Death of Galina Starovoytova, Russian politician and ethnographer .
The first module of the International Space Station, the Russian-built Zarya (‘Sunrise’) module, was launched.
The SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute was founded in Mountain View, California
Former British Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe was accused in court of plotting to kill his former homosexual lover.
General Franco dies in Spain; Juan Carlos declared King
Snowdonia designated Wales 1st National Park
Marriage of Princess Elizabeth (later Elizabeth II) and Philip Mountbatten in Westminster Abbey
Windsor Castle is damaged by fire
Nuremberg Trials begin
Death of Willem de Sitter, Dutch mathematician, physicist and astronomer, developed the theory of dark matter with Albert Einstein and created theoretical models of the universe based on Einsteins work
Cole Porter's musical comedy 'The Gay Divorcee' was first performed in New York, and starred Fred Astaire
Birth of Alistair Cooke, British-born American journalist and broadcaster (‘Letter from America’).
Birth of Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Seven Years War: Battle of Quiberon Bay, France the British fleet led by Admiral Hawke defeated the French, preventing an invasion of England
Edward I (who was away on the Crusade) declared king of England following the death of his father Henry III on Nov 16
Saxon King Edmund martyred by the Vikings