It happened on a Thursday.
- Independence Day the national holiday of the United States of America
commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the
Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Orville Wright took the Flyer for a 12-second, sustained flight on
December 17, 1903.
- Paul McCartney was born 18th June 1942, in Walton Hospital in Liverpool, England, where his mother, Mary,
had worked as a nurse in the maternity ward.
- 8th August 1963, the Great Train Robbery.
Thieves ambushed the Glasgow to Euston mail train and stole thousands of pounds.
Banks estimate they lost over £2m in used, untraceable banknotes in the biggest ever raid on a British train.
- 31st December 1964, Donnald Campbell has broke the world water speed record, becoming the first man to break the world land and water speed records in the same year.
He reached an average speed of 276.33mph (444.71km/h) in his speedboat, Bluebird, on Lake Dumbleyung in Perth, Western Australia.
- 4th April 1968, Martin Luther King shot dead.
The American black civil rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King, was assassinated in the southern US city of Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a march
of sanitation workers protesting against low wages and poor working conditions.
- 8th August 1974, Richard Nixon announced his resignation as president of the United States, the first man ever to do so.
He announced his departure in the face of the imminent impeachment trial, over the Watergate affair.