Hadrian, Roman Emperor who planned the great wall across northern Britain, died.
Spanish warrior Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar – El Cid – died in Valencia, apparently of grief after defeat by the Moors.
The Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians and captured Henry VI at the Battle of Northampton.
Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England at the age of 16 – she lasted only nine days before being executed.
American artist James McNeill Whistler, who made Chelsea his adopted home, was born in Massachusetts.
Author Marcel Proust was born in Paris.
The Paris Metro opened.
Gordon Richards rode his last mount – at Sandown – the 21,834th of his nearly 34-year-long career.
The first parking meters in Britain were installed in London’s Mayfair.
Telstar I, the world’s first television telecommunications satellite, was launched in America.
The News of the World bade farewell to its readers after 168 years with the simple words “Thank you & goodbye”.
Gordon Richards rode his last mount in 1954