ON THIS DAY
1791 – Australia’s first successful grape vine is planted.
1838 – The perpetrators of the Myall Creek Massacre in New South Wales are acquitted.
1889 – Brazil’s monarchy is overthrown.
1902 – Anarchist Gennaro Rubin fails in his attempt to murder King Leopold II of Belgium.
1920 – The League of Nations meets for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland.
1940 – During the Blitz, the German air-force bombs the city of Coventry, almost completely destroying it.
1965 – The Soviet probe, Venera 3, is launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. On March 1 the following year it became the first unmanned spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet when it crashed on Venus.
1985 – Great Britain and Ireland sign an accord giving Dublin an official consultative role in governing Northern Ireland.