1860 – Giuseppe Garibaldi, along with around 1,000 volunteers, defeats the vastly superior Neapolitan Army under General Landi at the Battle of Calatafimi.
1918 – Beginning of the world’s first airmail postal service between New York, Philadelphia and Washington. The service involves aircraft supplied by the US War Department.
1928 – Australia begins its now famous ‘Flying Doctor’ service – started by Dr Vincent Welsh at the Australian Inland Mission, Cloncurry, Queensland.
1936 – Pioneer aviator Amy Johnson arrives in Britain at the end of her record-breaking return flight between London and Cape Town. The whole trip took 12 days and 15 hours.
1940 – Nylon stockings go on sale in America. In New York, 72,000 pairs are sold in the first eight hours.
1997 – Britain’s New Labour Government announces there will be referenda on devolution in Scotland and Wales.