Alistair Cooke dies at the age of 95 – until four weeks previously, and since 1946, he had broadcast his regular 'Letter from America' on BBC radio
The Queen Mother dies, aged 101 years
The Philip Morris tobacco company was ordered by a jury in Portland, Oregon, to pay $81 million to the family of a man who died of lung cancer
British car manufacturer Rolls Royce was sold to BMW in Germany .
Channel 5 TV begins in UK (launched by the Spice Girls)
Airey Neave killed by a car bomb at Westminster
The Queensboro Bridge in New York opened. It linked Manhattan and Queens and was the first double-decker bridge
Death of Albert Pierrepoint, English public executioner who could get a man from the condemned cell to the drop in less than 10 seconds.
Birth of Melanie Klein, Austrian-born British child psychologist
Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil with an eraser attached to one end.
End of the Crimean War
Berwick-upon-Tweed sacked by Edward I