1789 George Washington became the first President of the United States.
1948 The Land Rover was launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show.
1966 The first regular cross-channel hovercraft service began.
1973 The Watergate Scandal erupted when four of Nixon’s aides resigned. The President denied any involvement, but was eventually impeached by Congress.
2000 It emerged that April was the wettest one on record with an average rainfall of 142mm across the country. The second wettest was as far back as 1782.
2009 Britain formally ended combat operations in Iraq.