On this day
• 1893: The Independent British Labour Party was formed by Keir Hardie.
• 1904: English composer Richard Addinsell was born. His most famous work was the Warsaw Concerto, which he wrote for the 1941 film Dangerous Moonlight.
• 1921: The first British patent for windscreen wipers was registered by Mills Munitions of Birmingham.
• 1942: The pilot of an experimental jet fighter became the first to leave his plane via an emergency ejector seat.
• 1982: A Boeing 737 crashed into a bridge, hitting five ships and killing 78 people, on the Potomac River in Washington, DC.
• 1990: An army undercover unit shot dead three men robbing a betting shop in west Belfast, causing uproar among republicans. Two of the raiders were hooded and carried replica guns.